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.