On 9 March 2021, the Commission presented a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This Digital Compass for the EU's digital decade evolves around four cardinal points:

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    Skills

    ICT Specialists: 20 million  + Gender convergence

    Basic Digital Skills: min 80% of population

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    Secure and sustainable digital infrastructures

    Connectivity: Gigabit for everyone, 5G everywhere

    Cutting edge Semiconductors: double EU share in global production

    Data - Edge & Cloud: 10,000 climate neutral highly secure edge nodes

    Computing: first computer with quantum acceleration

     

 

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    Digital transformation of businesses

    Tech up-take: 75% of EU companies using Cloud/AI/Big Data

    Innovators: grow scale ups & finance to double EU Unicorns

    Late adopters: more than 90% of SMEs reach at least a basic level of digital intensity

     

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    Digitalisation of public services

    Key Public Services: 100% online

    e-Health: 100% of citizens having access to medical records

    Digital Identity: 80% citizens using digital ID

     

 

The Commission will pursue the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 through concrete terms:

  • targets and projected trajectories
  • a robust joint governance framework to monitor progress and address insufficiencies
  • multi-country projects combining investments from the EU, Member States and the private sector

Digital citizenship: rights and principles for Europeans

A framework of digital principles will help promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. This framework will be identified through a wide societal debate and could for example include:

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  • Freedom of expression, including access to diverse, trustworthy and transparent information
  • Freedom to set up and conduct a business online
  • Protection of personal data and privacy
  • Protection of the intellectual creation of individuals in the online space

 

  • A secure and trusted online environment
  • Universal digital education and skills
  • Access to digital systems and devices that respect the environment
  • Accessible and human-centred digital public services and administration
  • Ethical principles for human-centred algorithms
  • Protecting and empowering children in the online space
  • Access to digital health services

 

The Commission will propose to include such a set of digital principles and rights in an inter-institutional solemn declaration that will:

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  • set a common benchmark at the European level for fundamental rights and values in the digital space
  • ensure that all citizens benefit from digitalisation, are skilled for the digital society and exercise their rights online as well as offline
  • guide the EU and the Member States in designing and enforcing coordinated policies
  • help monitor the perception of Europeans of the benefits of digitalisation in an annual Eurobarometer

The Path to the Digital Decade

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The Path to the Digital Decade is the Commission's proposal to set up a governance framework to ensure Europe reaches its 2030 Digital Decade objectives. This governance framework will be based on an annual cooperation mechanism involving the Commission and Member States. The Commission would first develop projected EU trajectories for each target together with the Member States, which would in turn propose national strategic roadmaps to attain them.

The cooperation mechanism would consist of
•    a structured, transparent and shared monitoring system based on the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) to measure progress towards each of the 2030 targets
•    an annual ‘Report on the state of the Digital Decade’ in which the Commission evaluates progress and provides recommendations for actions
•    multiannual digital decade strategic roadmaps in which the Member States outline adopted or planned policies and measures in support of the 2030 targets
•    a structured framework to discuss and address areas of insufficient progress through joint commitments between the Commission and the Member States;
•    a mechanism to support the implementation of multi-country projects

2030 Digital Compass: Your Digital Decade

Multi-country projects

To reach the digital targets and objectives, the European Commission will accelerate and facilitate the launch of multi-country projects, large-scale projects that no single Member State could develop on its own.

These projects could

  • combine investments from the EU budget, including from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, from Member States, and the private sector
  • address gaps in the identified critical capacities of the EU
  • support an interconnected, interoperable and secure Digital Single Market

The Commission has identified an initial list of multi-country projects. This list includes areas for investment such as data infrastructure, low-power processors, 5G communication, high performance computing, secure quantum communication, public administration, blockchain, digital innovation hubs and digital skills.

  • Icon of stylised money 20% Percentage of the Recovery and Resilience Facility each EU country should dedicate to the digital transition

International partnerships for the Digital Decade

The EU will promote its human-centred digital agenda on the global stage and promote alignment or convergence with EU norms and standards. It will also ensure the security and resilience of its digital supply chains and deliver global solutions. These will be achieved by

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  • setting a toolbox combining regulatory cooperation, addressing capacity building and skills, investment in international cooperation and research partnerships
  • designing digital economy packages financed through initiatives that bring together the EU, Member States, private companies, like-minded partners and international financial institutions
  • combining EU internal investments  and external cooperation instruments
  • investing in improved connectivity with the EU’s partners, for example through a possible Digital Connectivity Fund

Potential areas of partnership

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  • Icon of a stylised leaf Use of technology to fight climate change and environmental challenges

 

Next steps

The Commission will discuss and engage with Member States, the European Parliament, regional and economic and social partners and businesses on specific elements of the Communication in the course of 2021.

Building on this effort, the Commission will aim to progress towards the Inter-institutional declaration on Digital Principles by end the of 2021 and develop projected trajectories for each target of the Path to the Digital Decade together with the Member States. 

 

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