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eInclusion at a glance

What is eInclusion?

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an essential role in supporting daily life in today's digital society. They are used at work, in day-to-day relationships, in dealing with public services as well as in culture, entertainment, leisure and when participating in community and political dialogues. eInclusion means both inclusive ICT and the use of ICT to achieve wider inclusion objectives. It focuses on participation of all individuals and communities in all aspects of the information society.

eInclusion policy in the EU

eInclusion policy, therefore, aims at reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion.

i2010 strategy, the current EU general policy framework for the information society and media for the period 2005-2010 provides the framework for eInclusion European action.

A major milestone was the 2006 conference held in Riga where EU Ministers adopted a Declaration on eInclusion which has since provided political guidance for future action. Under the Declaration, Members States and EFTA countries have agree to focus on the following priorities:

  • needs of older workers and elderly people
  • geographical digital divides
  • eAccessibility and usability
  • digital literacy and competences
  • cultural diversity in relation to inclusion
  • inclusive eGovernment

In 2007 the European Commission, in its Communication "European i2010 initiative on eInclusion - to be part of the information society", proposed a strategic framework for action following up the Riga Ministerial Declaration.

Between 2007 and 2008, the following Communications were adopted by the Commission: "Ageing Well Action Plan" (2007) and "Toward an accessible information society" (2008).

In 2008, a Ministerial eInclusion Conference and exhibition was held in Vienna, which ended by the announcement of the seven category winners, out of the 469 participants, for the 2008 eInclusion awards.

In 2009 a public consultation on European eInclusion policy was held, and later on delegates from 21 European countries to the i2010 eInclusion subgroup, as well as representatives of major user organisations and industry, met to discuss and form a consensus on future eInclusion policy orientations

The ICT for Inclusion unit of Directorate-General Information Society and Media of the European Commission is dedicated to eInclusion policy and projects:

eInclusion @ ePractice.eu

eInclusion at ePractice.eu aims at fostering initiatives and synergies in the area of eInclusion using ePractice.eu as a key online collaborative environment for the exchange of knowledge and good practices among researchers and practitioners. A growing number of practical cases, news, library items, communities and event announcements are present in the portal.

Past and forthcoming events related to eInclusion are regularly posted by ePractice members and the ePractice editorial team.

The News section hosts concrete achievements and future announcements concerning public agencies or private entities.

The Library section provides a database of policy and strategy documents, reports, white papers, surveys and articles, covering several eInclusion topics across the EU.

The eInclusion factsheets offer a closer view of the current status of eInclusion in 30 European countries. Practitioners involved in projects and initiatives related to any eInclusion field can use the ePractice functionalities (structured, easy-to-read form) to submit their case-studies, describe the project's objectives, implementation plans, expected or achieved results, impacts and lessons learnt.

The following eInclusion communities are currently active on ePractice:

The following eInclusion workshops have been organised:

Keep up-to-date

To be informed on the latest news, events and funding opportunities offered by the European Commission, you can subscribe to the eInclusion Newsletter within the DG Information Society newsroo