Review No 02/2021: EU actions to address low digital skills

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In today’s world, a reasonable level of digital skills is increasingly important, within and outside work. In 2019, very many adults in the EU did not have basic digital skills, illustrating a ‘digital divide’ between adults with and without these skills. In recent years, there has been little progress in narrowing this divide. In this review, we examine what the EU has done to improve the situation, and what it has planned for the 2021-2027 period. While the EU has increased the guidance and support it provides to Member States, there have been relatively few EU funded projects focusing on adult basic digital skills. Based on our analysis, we highlight the main challenges facing the EU in addressing the digital divide in the future.