The objective of the Digital Transition Action Plan is to provide improved public services to citizens, to support European cities in exploiting the possibilities of digitalisation and assist European businesses to develop new innovations and create new business opportunities for global markets. The action plan is part of the implementation of Urban Agenda for EU, adopted by the Pact of Amsterdam in May 2016. This plan is linked to several EU level strategies, such as the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, European Commission's Digital Agenda which forms one of the seven pillars of the Europe 2020 Strategy and The EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.
Digitalisation has great potential to improve services and processes, allowing them to become more user-friendly and cost-effective. It is essential that the digital transition in Europe is based on sound prerequisites that place the interest of the citizen first, taking into account the challenges – such as security and privacy concerns - which come with new technologies.
In general, the current state of digital transition of cities is very diverse. Large cities tend to be at the forefront of digitalisation due to higher demand for more complex services and interactions, and their greater capacity to develop and provide those services. The main factors constraining the digital transition of cities are lack of funds and lack of skills, although the scope and impact of these constraints differs. Another factor, especially inherent in smaller cities and towns, is a lack of strategic vision. To enhance the capacities of cities to deliver digital services and to tackle these challenges requires policy responses at all levels and by all actors. There is a need to target regions and cities that are lagging with their digital transformation to enable them to become more attractive and competitive.
The Digital Transition partnership emphasises creating and offering European solutions to the global digitalisation markets. In this context, cities have a central role to play, as they are providing the services for their citizens and creating conditions for businesses.
The partnership proposes initiatives on the topics where digitalisation can have the most profound effect in transforming urban governance, quality and fulfilment of life of its citizens, and the most advantageous business and growth opportunities for the businesses. The AP includes actions that aim at achieving more than one objective.
What we want to achieve is:
Generalise and diffuse digital skills to everybody:
- Draft Action 1: Mainstreaming EU Digital Competence Framework for citizens into daily use;
- Draft Action 2: Digital Neighbourhood Instrument; and
- Draft Action 3: Capacity-Building and Spreading of Pilots in Regions and Cities.
Enable and implement citizen-centric e-government:
- Draft Action 4: Helping cities develop a user-centric eGovernment model; and
- Draft Action 5: Developing the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) at local level (“DESI local”).
Provide value through free and fair access to open/public/personal data:
- Draft Action 6: Build a data taxonomy at a European level;
- Draft Action 7: Access and reuse of private sector data of general interest by the public authorities;
- Draft Action 8: Specify and monitoring of standardized Planned Land Use data for formal and informal urban planning participation processes; and
- Draft Action 9: MyData in digital transition – Elaboration of a European roadmap on “mydata”.
Accelerate and adopt digital emerging technologies in cities:
- Draft Action 10: Building innovation and dissemination accelerator;
- Draft Action 11: Support agile experimentation of emerging digital technologies; and
- Draft Action 12: Implementing the digital framework for emerging technologies within the digital infrastructure.
Adopt business model thinking to drive urban digital transition:
- Draft Action 13: Co-creating a business model approach for cities; and
- Draft Action 14: Development of 5G regulation to enable local micro-operators in cities.
Strengthen the ability for cities to act within the digital transition:
- Draft Action 15: Implementing Digital transition in European Cities.
Digital transition partnership is actively seeking partners and stakeholders to be involved in further development and implementation of the action plan.
To read the full Action Plan, please click here.