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Published on Feb 17, 2009
President Barroso receives 9 Millionth ECDL Skills Card to highlight the importance of digital literacy for employability and sustainable economic growth.
José Manuel Barroso, President of European Commission received the 9 millionth ECDL Skills Card at a ceremony highlighting both the success of the ECDL programme and the necessity of keeping investment in digital skills high on the public policy agendas of all Member States in order to increase employability and build a competitive European economy.
Accepting the ECDL Skills Card, President Barroso stressed that digital literacy skills are essential for Europeans and stated that the Commission is proud to have been at the origin of the great work of the ECDL programme and its amazing progress in reaching 9 million Skills Cards.
Prior to the presentation ceremony, in a meeting on the contribution of digital literacy to making Europe a leading knowledge-based economy, the ECDL Foundation delegation welcomed President Barrosos view that digital skills training enables society to fully reap the benefits of technology.
About ECDL Foundation The ECDL Foundation is the global standards and certification body for the ECDL and ICDL end-user computer skills certification programmes. Its a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising the level of computer skills in society and providing access for all to the Information Society. With over 9 million candidates participating in a range of programmes, the ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end-user skills certification.