Brussels Briefing on ICT – December 2012

In this latest issue of the Brussels Briefing on ICT, leading digital and ICT and journalist, Jennifer Baker, provides an extensive update on the latest policy developments and what to expect for the near future in the fields digital agenda and ICT policy.
Topics discussed include:

  • Broadband Strategy
  • Google Antitrust Case
  • Copyright Laws

New report shows recent developments in skills and labour demand during the recession

The overall labour demand is still affected by the recession, yet vacancies are hard to fill in the health, ICT, engineering, sales and finance sectors, the new European Vacancy and Recruitment Report says.

This is the first of a set of biennial reports to be launched by the European Commission, focusing on labour demand and skills requirements, thus providing a better insight into the functioning of labour markets.

New strategy to boost creative growth and jobs

The European Commission’s (EC) new strategy, reflected on the Communication on « Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU », aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of the cultural and creative sectors, as well as to maximise their spill over benefits for other areas such as ICT and innovation. 

The European Commission is calling for a range of actions to promote the right conditions for the cultural and creative sectors to flourish, involving all actors from the local level up to the regional, national and European levels. These actions focus on skills development, access to finance, promotion of new business models, audience development, access to international markets and improved links to other sectors.

Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding so as to fight corruption and bureaucracy through e-government

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance of the Hellenic Republic and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Estonian Republic was signed on 5th of December 2012 so as the two governments will cooperate in order to find ways to fight corruption and bureaucracy through e-government and information and communication technologies.
Under the MoU, Estonian experts will soon carry out a study visit in Greece so as to clarify all the details of the cooperation between the two countries regarding issues of ICT exploitation for administrative reform. 

eSkills Panorama Launch

At the conference “Anticipating skills needs at EU level” held on 7 December 2012 in Brussels, DG Education and Culture  and DG Employment,  unveiled the joint effort: eSkills Panorama (, a platform that provides European and national information about skills, competences and jobs. In her welcome address, Commissioner A. Vassiliou underlined the necessity to rethink education: skills needs are changing; to combat youth unemployment (up to 50% in some Member States)  re-skilling and up-skilling is necessary. Member States need to carry out reforms towards open learning and to deepen the understanding of the labour market. 
The eSkills Panorama is not an isolated initiative but part of the eSkill Strategy. Amongst the tools available are: 
  • ESCO – the European multilingual classification of skills and competences
  • EURES – the European Job Mobility Portal
  • PLOTEUS – the Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space)
  • EUROPASS – where you can create your “Five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe”

Le phénomène de « skill mismatch » empêche chaque année des centaines de milliers d’emplois d’être pourvus!

Chaque année en France, 400.000 à 500.000 emplois resteraient non pourvus faute de… candidats, selon les derniers chiffres publiés par Pôle emploi.

Principal enseignement de cette étude inédite : l’inadéquation entre les aspirations des candidats et celles des recruteurs. Parmi les 1,8 million de CV recensés par, plus de la moitié des inscrits a entre 10 et 20 ans d’expériences, un bac+5 en poche, et une rémunération comprise entre 30.000 et 50.000 euros par an. « Si leurs prétentions salariales sont en phase avec le marché, leurs compétences sont souvent à côté de la plaque », commente Thibaut Gemignani, le patron de

Ce décalage, bien connu des experts, est appelé le « skill mismatch ». Il s’explique par l’évolution des compétences disponibles qui ne progressent pas au rythme des besoins des entreprises. Conséquence : certains secteurs affichent une réelle pénurie de talents. A titre d’exemple, Amaris France (groupe de conseil en technologie et management) dispose de 100 postes de consultants à pourvoir d’ici la fin de l’année, selon les estimations du directeur, Jean-François Thunet. Parmi les profils les plus difficiles à dénicher : les développeurs sur applis mobiles, les ingénieurs télécom ou les experts du cloud computing.

Every year in France, between 400.000 and 500.000 jobs remain unfilled because of a lack of… well skilled candidates, according to Pôle Emploi. Actually, the phenomenon of « skill mismatch » seems to be more responsible of the unemployment rate than the Crisis.

« Green means business », A new generation of environmentally-aware entrepreneurs has emerged

People don’t actually care about climate change too much because it’s a very long process. To motivate people you have to make them save money. And for us it is a business because we want to earn money in the process. We want to change the world that people live in,” says Greif, an ambitious young entrepreneur.
A new generation of environmentally-aware entrepreneurs has emerged, setting up business plans which aim at decreasing the environmental footprint. 
Interested in meeting some of these young entrepreneurs and finding out the concepts behind their business plans?

Ambient Assisted Living: Call 6 – Info Day, 6 Feb 2013, Brussels, Belgium

The AAL Association organizes an Info Day on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at the Royal Academy of Science and Arts in Brussels to inform the European community about the next call topic of the AAL Joint Programme  (AAL JP): “ICT solutions for supporting occupation in life of older adults.” The topic of this sixth call will be explained, as well as the procedures for applying and for searching a partner.

Call 6 of the AAL JP aims at funding the development of ICT-based solutions which enable older adults to continue managing their occupation – at work in an office or a factory (or any working environment), in a first or subsequent new second or third careers, in paid or voluntary occupation – while preserving health and motivation to remain active. The call shall target the preservation of cognitive and physical capabilities of older persons when performing their paid or unpaid activity.

The European Commission’s Communication “Rethinking Education”

European education and training systems continue to fall short in providing the right skills for employability, and are not working adequately with business or employers to bring the learning experience closer to the reality of the working environment. These skills mismatches are a growing concern for European industry’s competitiveness, says the most recent Communication of the European Commission, appealing to EU Member States to set actions. 
The Communication underlines the importance of tapping on the potential of ICT for education and teaching and highlights the need to develop transversal skills (such as problem solving, team work etc. often also referred to as soft skills) and entrepreneurial skills as they not only contribute to new business creation but also to the employability of young people. 
In this respect, the Communication emphasises at several instances the importance of languages. In a world of international exchanges, the ability to speak foreign languages is a factor for competitiveness. Languages are more and more important to increase levels of employability and mobility of young people.
Further education in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is needed if Europe wants to compete with countries like Brazil, China and India that spend more on high skilled STEM education than the USA, Japan and UK together. 

The Web School Factory received the Label of Excellence from e-Jobs Observatory

The Web School Factory is a school in Paris, France that trains the future talents of the digital economy in 5 years. Three schools from the Studialis network founded the Web School Factory : Strate Collège (Design), the Pôle ESG (Management) et Hetic (Digital Technologies). This is the reason why the curriculum is based on three pillars of training: Design, e-Business and Digital Technologies. The Web School Factory approach is the meeting of three disciplines for one Vision!
During the first year, you are able to delve deeper into the three dimensions of digital culture and to choose the discipline that will become your expertise.
Why is our label important for you?
Because a key objective of our school is to train future managers of digital innovation able to handle a project as a whole, and that Our first mission is to ensure that we train them to meet this high demand professionals for managers and polyvalent they access from their output quality jobs.