How is the programme designed to deliver results?


The global competition to control digital technologies forces European businesses, public sector and researchers to access the computing, data, or artificial intelligence resources they need outside the Union. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of jobs in crucial digital areas go unfilled, hampering investment and innovation.

Unless Europe improves its cybersecurity capabilities, its vital infrastructure and data are at risk. The take‑up of digital technologies by European businesses, SMEs and public administrations is very uneven.

Unless Europe develops key digital capabilities, industries and skills, its strategic autonomy and competitiveness are at stake. Given the network effects of digitalisation (e.g., the need to promote EU interoperability and to reach critical mass in building state-of-the-art capacities), the EU can act decisively on these challenges, via co-investments with Member States and the private sector.


Support the digital transformation of the European economy and society, focusing on:

  • Building essential capacities and advanced skills in key digital technologies, contributing to Europe’s strategic autonomy;
  • Accelerating their deployment and best use in areas of public interest and the private sector.


  1. Make Europe a world-leader in high-performance computing (HPC), by raising its scientific potential and industrial competitiveness;
  2. Boost deployment of Artificial Intelligence‑based solutions in critical areas like climate change or health;
  3. Invest in cybersecurity to ensure the resilience, integrity and trustworthiness of European critical networks, infrastructures and services;
  4. Promote advanced digital skills, in key technologies deployed by the programme;
  5. Widen the adoption and best use of key digital technologies to make Europe more competitive and address major societal challenges.


  • EUR 7 610.1 millionTotal financial programming 2021-2027
2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
1 129.6 1 247.8 1 268.4 962.3 981.4 1 000.4 1 020.2

In EUR million.


HPC: Deployment of world-class exascale and post‑exascale supercomputing capacities to ensure the widest access to and use of these capacities;

Artificial Intelligence: Deployment of EU-wide common data spaces based on a cloud-to-edge federated infrastructure and promote testing and adoption of Artificial Intelligence‑based solutions;

Cybersecurity: Build up advanced cybersecurity capabilities (including a quantum secure communication infrastructure for Europe); promote the sharing of best practices and ensure wide deployment of the state‑of‑the‑art cybersecurity solutions across the European economy;

Advanced digital skills: Boost academic excellence, by increasing the education offer and training in key digital technologies, such as HPC, cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence;

Adoption and best use of key digital technologies: Deployment of a network of European Digital Innovation Hubs supporting the digital transformation of European public and private organisations; contribute to address key societal challenges (e.g. environment and climate change) via high impact deployments; reinforce the European blockchain capacities and the digital transformation of public administrations and services while promoting an inclusive and trustworthy digital space.

Delivery mode

Actions focused on Artificial Intelligence, advanced digital skills and widening the best use of digital technologies, are directly managed by the European Commission with the support of the Executive Agency for Health and Digitalisation. The HPC actions are implemented primarily through the EuroHPC joint undertaking. Cybersecurity actions are implemented primarily through the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Cybersecurity Competence Network. The lead DG is DG CNECT.

Performance framework: more information

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Where are we in the implementation?

You will find information on the programme implementation in this webpage.

It will be updated when the programme will have started on an annual basis alongside the publication of the draft budget and the discharge.

Next publication (estimation): June 2022.

Predecessor programmes 2014-2020

Although Digital Europe is a new programme, some of its activities build on selected actions deployed in the previous MFF under CEF Telecom and ISA² (supporting the  interoperability of the European public administrations). The programme also builds on results from the Horizon 2020 programme, making it possible to move technologies such as HPC and Artificial Intelligence into large-scale deployments.


  • EUR 132.0 millionBudget allocation 2014-2020

Overall execution (2014-2020)

  Total %
Commitments EUR 131.2 million
Payments EUR 98.8 million

This graph includes implementation based on voted budget appropriations and carried-over appropriations.


Key monitoring indicators

  Baseline Progress Target Results Assessment
Key interoperability enablers 3
10 11 compared to a target of 10 On track
Supporting instruments for public administration 4
13 13 out of 13 On track
% of target achieved by the end of 2020



Concrete examples of achievements

  • 430events were participated in by ISA² in 2014-2020 to increase its outreach.
  • 2EU-wide initiatives supported by ISA² aim at a holistic interoperability approach in the EU (i.e. the European interoperability framework and digital public administration).
  • 4of the pillars of the ‘European location interoperability solutions for e-government’ action (studies, frameworks and solutions, reports and events) benefit the EU through effective and usable public digital services, improved spatial awareness and analytical skills and better support for the policy life cycle.
  • 955EU initiatives have been screened since 2016 for potential information and communications technology and interoperability impact using the legal interoperability screening methodology.
  • 4core vocabularies have been developed by ISA² to facilitate efficient and effective electronic cross-border or cross-sector interaction (a) between EU public administrations and (b) between public administrations and businesses and citizens.
  • 54actions have been supported that focus on developing digital solutions in the interoperability area.

Programme Performance Overview

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