The Commission, together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has developed the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens — known as DigComp.
DigComp is a tool to support a common understanding of digital competences and to enable people to develop digital competences to support their life chances and employability
DigComp is a common reference framework that sets out 21 competences, grouped in 5 key areas, to describe what it means to be digitally competent.
Being digitally competent is more than being able to use the latest device or software. Digital competence is a key transversal competence that means being able to use digital technologies in a critical, collaborative and creative way. DigComp asks people to think about a range of issues such as storing information, protecting digital identity, developing digital content and behaviour online.
Since its launch in 2015, DigComp has been used in a variety of ways including:
DigComp can be used across sectors and be a key support for collaboration and development work by educators, trainers, employers, professional bodies and policy-makers.
The Commission wishes to explore and widen the use of DigComp by all potential stakeholders.
You can also access a helpful brochure with further information on the structure and use of DigComp.