The programme will boost investments in supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society, including through Digital Innovation Hubs. Its goal is to improve Europe's competitiveness in the global digital economy and achieve technological sovereignty. It will do so by deploying and capacity-building new digital technologies, in order to support digital transformation that will guarantee high quality public services benefiting citizens and businesses.
The Commission has published draft Orientations for Digital Europe, which will shape the work programmes and calls for proposals for the programme’s first two years (2021-2022). Between July and October 2019, a consultation was held to gather views on the Orientations, open to anyone with an interest in the digital transformation of Europe’s economy and society.
A political agreement was reached on 14 December 2020. Adoption of the Programme and launch of the first calls are planned for the first quarter of 2021.