With a planned overall budget of €7.5 billion (in current prices), the Digital Europe Programme will shape and support the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy, with the ultimate goal of supporting the strategic autonomy of the EU single market. The Digital Europe programme will reinforce EU-critical digital capacities by focusing on the key areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, advanced computing, data infrastructure, governance and processing, and their deployment and best use for critical sectors like energy and environment, manufacturing, agriculture and health. The programme is strategic in supporting the digital transformation of the EU industrial ecosystems.
Digital Europe is implemented by means of multi-annual work programmes. There are 4 independent work programmes: 2 for those parts which are implemented under indirect management (high-performance computing and cybersecurity), one for the European Digital Innovation Hubs, and one for activities in data, AI, cloud, EuroQCI and skills and for all deployment actions. Synergies and complementarities of the activities in the various work programmes will be ensured.
The first work programme will likely contain
Most actions foreseen in the programme require co-investments from the public and private sector. The modes of these co-investments are described in the relevant parts of the various Digital Europe Work Programmes. Several actions can also be important components of cross-border or multi-country projects (MCP) as foreseen in the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and with contributions from several programmes at EU, national and regional level. Co-investments can be therefore expected from RRF to contribute to the implementation of these projects.
This programme supports the creation of data spaces, with two projects that are particularly interesting for the tourism sector. One is the European Common Data Space for Cultural Heritage which is an action within this programme to provide support to the digital transformation of Europe’s cultural heritage sector. The second focuses on mobility, which is key to tourism and for which, as for the first project, inter-operability needs to be supported. Moreover, SMEs active in the tourism sector can benefit from the services provided by the network of European Digital Innovation Hubs to support them in their digital transformation.
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