The Commission recently presented a vision for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030 which revolves around four main pillars: skills, government, infrastructure and business. These four areas are part of the EU Digital Compass which is designed to translate the Union’s digital ambitions for 2030 into concrete terms. The plan includes targets and key milestones, a joint governance structure including a traffic light monitoring system to identify successes and gaps, as well as multi-state projects combining investments from the EU, Member States and the private sector.
The vision builds on the Strategy on Shaping Europe's Digital Future that remains the overarching framework. It considers the enormous changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has massively accelerated the use of digital tools, demonstrating their opportunities while exposing the vulnerability of our society to new digital inequalities. The Communication also includes a monitoring system measuring the progress of the EU against the key targets for 2030.
Digital rights and principles
The Digital Compass outlines a set of “digital rights and principles”. Certain rights are already enshrined in EU law and include: freedom of expression, access to information, freedom to set up and conduct a business online, protection of personal data and privacy and protection of the intellectual creation of individuals in the online space. The “digital principles” below are not entirely new and will be connected to the four main pillars:
By 2030, Europe aims to reach the targets set out below.
First pillar – a digitally skilled population
Second pillar - sustainable digital infrastructures
Fourth pillar – digitisation of public services
Multi-country projects and international digital partnerships
The policy programme aims to enable the Commission to engage with Member States to launch and shape Multi-Country Projects. Projects already under discussion include building a common and multi-purpose pan-European interconnected data processing infrastructure that would enable easy exchange and sharing of data, notably for Common European Data Spaces. There are also plans for pan-European deployment of 5G corridors for advanced digital rail operations, as well as connected and automated mobility to contribute to road safety and green deal objectives. In addition, the Commission aims to establish a new EU-US Trade and Technology Council.
The Commission will soon launch a wide-ranging discussion and consultation process on the EU vision by:
How can companies and organisations participate?
The Commission welcomes industry views in the forthcoming discussions and consultation process. Europe’s Digital Decade may also create opportunities for the industry in terms of support and funding by the European Commission to spur digital transformation of business, public services and deployment of digital infrastructure.
For further information contact Feyo Sickinghe
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