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European Business Print Edition (2012)

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 April- 2012A New Europe Special Edition
EUROPEAN BUSINESS
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SPECIAL REPORT|APRIL 2012
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NEW EUROPE
 The ongoing financial crisis continues to hit Europe hard;but this does not mean that stagnation is the only possibil-ity for the foreseeable future. There has been much contro- versy in many EU member states over austerity budgets, andarguments over is cutting budgets and streamlining publicexpenditure ultimately beneficial for Europe’s long-term eco-nomic goals. Certainly, some cutbacks seem inevitable, butmore and more, citizens and analysts alike are looking formeans of growth, not simply the scaling back of resources.One of the ways in which Europe can lift itself out of thecrisis is by maximising its current potential for a skilled andengaged workforce. Accordingly, the theme of this year’s Eu-ropean Business Summit, it’s tenth edition, is Europe’s skillsgap, and how can Europe formulate concrete solutions onthe best way to move the EU out of the crisis and enhancegrowth through skills, including the necessity to find solu-tions for an ageing workforce, the mismatch between thecurrent educational system and youth unemployment and ways to improve education. These are not easy questions toanswer, but they certainly need to be addressed.Over the past decade, the European Business Summit hasbeen engaged in these kinds of hard debates, sometimes ingood times, but latterly in bad, and harnessing the skills po-tential of Europe is one way out of the bad times. With com-petition from overseas territorial markets, such as China andKorea, and with strong economies such as Australia andCanada, Europe cannot afford to find itself squeezed out of the global marketplace.Many countries in Europe find themselves with growingunemployment, particularly amongst the youth, and are alsofacing a problem of ageing, and a decline in the workingpopulation, which is set to lessen by 40 million people by 2050. Many are therefore advocating labour market reforms,as well as a reform of the education sector, gearing second-ary and tertiary education towards science- and business-based programmes, and encouraging entrepreneurship anddevelopment of the knowledge-economy and highly skilledgraduates versed in the latest technological developments. These are just some of the arguments this year’s EuropeanBusiness Summit will hear. Over the past decade the eventhas looked critically and constructively at the business, em-ployment and economic policy of the European Union. Theanswers to the above questions may not come too easlity, but without those questions being asked, then stagnation mustsurely remain.
How can Europeformulate concretesolutions on the best way to move the EU out of thecrisis and enhance growththrough skills, including thenecessity to find solutions foran ageing workforce, themismatch between the currenteducational system and youthunemployment and ways toimprove education?
EDITOR
Cillian Donnellycdonnelly@neurope.eu
SENIOR EDITORIAL TEAM
Kostis Geropoulos (Energy & Russian Affairs)kgeropoulos@neurope.eu Andy Carling (EU Affairs)acarling@neurope.euIvan Delibasic (EU Affairs)idelibasic@neurope.eu Ariti Alamanou (Legal Affairs)aalamanou@neurope.euStratis Camatsos (EU Affairs)scamatsos@neurope.euLouise Kissa (Fashion)lkissa@neurope.eu Alexandra Coronakis (Columnist)acoronaki@neurope.eu
DIRECTOR
 Alexandros Koronakisakoronakis@neurope.eu
MARKETING & ADVERTISING
Panos Katsampanispkatsampanis@neurope.eu
EXECUTIVE LAYOUT PRODUCER
Suman Haquesuman@neurope.eu
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subscriptions@neurope.euSubscriptions are available worldwide
INDEPENDENCE
New Europe is a privately owned independentpublication, and is not subsidised or financed inany way by any EU institution or other entity.
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EXTERNAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Signed Contributions express solely theviews of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of thenewspaper.
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ISSN number: 1106-8299
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eSkills:
THE REALSTAKES IN THE2020 ECONOMY
European eSkills week 2012
The digital economy is switched on! Many of the jobs of tomorrow do not exist today.The future of work is affected by new technologies such as cloud computing, globaltrends and innovation. We recognise, however, an emergent gap between those whohave the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful for the new labour market,and those who do not.The Europe 2020 flagships including the ‘Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’, ‘Youth onthe Move’ and recently ‘The Youth Opportunities Initiative’ call for greater partnershipbetween industry, government and academia to prepare the next generation for thechanging character of work. This year, the European eSkills Week on the 26-30
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March2012 will be a major focal point for such cooperation around Europe, and we lookforward to be a leading partner in this initiative.
From the classroom to the workplace:eSkills matter!
To seize the opportunities that the DIGITAL economy presents in our daily lives, athome and across all sectors and professions, a shift in education is required. It isrecognised that the technology gap in the classroom could later stall European job-readiness.Microsoft provides comprehensive digital skills training, targeting all ages, fromprimary school to lifelong learners. The aim is to drive e-inclusion, target industrydemand and broaden employment opportunities at all stages of the career. We deliverbasic ICT competencies in addition to a portfolio of high level skills, such as cloud-based skills, relevant across a range of different careers and professions.
Europe needs a diverse & sustainable talent pool to achievebreakthrough
To reinforce our commitment to education, innovation and digital inclusion, Microsoftis investing in a variety of programmes:
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Partners in Learning
 
reaches students from an early age through partnering withgovernments, school leaders, and educators around the world to help them takenew approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help studentsdevelop 21
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Imagine Cup,
the world’s largest student technology competition, empowers youngpeople to use technology to find solutions to real world issues, and to stay connectedto the global marketplace.
 
Microsoft IT Academies
provide Microsoft training and certification for students,teachers and staff to equip them with the skills they need to compete in the 21
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 century global economy and workforce.They will help meet EU economic development objectives to capitalize on job andworkforce demands, while preparing the next generation workforce of the EU for ITand IT-infused jobs across all industry sectorsWe look forward to further partnering with industry, governments, NGOs and nationalauthorities. Together we are committed to bridge the “opportunity divide” amongyoung people through technology and training that empowers them to realize theirfull potential.
More information on eSkills for the new economy and the EuropeaneSkills week:
http://microsoft.eu/skills http://eskills-week.ec.europa.eu
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