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Minister Ossinovski: European countries need to invest more in digital skills of workers
Jevgeni Ossinovski: „Europe needs to accelerate the adoption of new technologies. This is the only way we can win the global race caused by the speeding development of digital economy."
Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski participated in Tripartite Social Summit on Wednesday, March the 8th, in Brussels, where he emphasized the need for digital skills of employees in all economic sectors.
Minister said that during the next few decades digitalization and automation of production will change significantly our economy and labour market.
Jevgeni Ossinovski: „Europe needs to accelerate the adoption of new technologies. This is the only way we can win the global race caused by the speeding development of digital economy. Adoption of new techniques requires highly qualified workforce, because in the future most of the jobs require employees with digital skillls.“
The Minister pointed out that by 2023, Estonia is aiming to raise the proportion of people with digital literacy to 95%. Estonia has contributed to various training projects and lifelong learning strategies to achieve this goal.
Minister Ossinovski: „OSKA reports and international studies show that ICT skills are essential not only in ICT sector, but in every economic sector. The data of international industry survey indicates that by 2020 90% of all the working positions require basic digital skills.”
In addition to Estonian Delegation there will be President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis, current representatives of Malta´s Presidency of The Council of EU and the social partners of employers and trade union representatives taking part of the Tripartite Social Summit.
The aim of the summit is to discuss the labour policy and social inclusion strategies, also to take on discussions about new forms of work, the future of the industry, The European Pillar of Social Rights and the role of the social partners.
Today, Wednesday, September 13, marks the start of the two-day Presidency conference, the ‘Future of Work: Making It e-Easy’ that hosts high-level public officials and experts in the field of labour and employment as well as social affairs, education and e-government, including experts from the public and private sectors. The conference focuses on the direction, extent and pace of the technological achievements and the ever-changing economic landscape that will change both the quantity and the quality of work. The conference will be hosted by the Minister for Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski and opened by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid.
Estonia will hold a High-Level Presidency Conference “The Future of Work: Making It e-Easy” in Tallinn, on 13-14 September, where participants are invited to discuss how to manage work in the digital era. The conference focuses on challenges related to working conditions, social security and skills.