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The commission sets the direction towards a europe digitally empowered by 2030

11 march 2021

The eu's ambition is to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, digital and implement policies that empower individuals and enterprises to use a digital future centred, sustainable and more prosperous world.

The Communication of the Commission on 9 march follows the the president Von der Leyen (Opens in new window) to make the coming years the " Digital decade (Opens in new window) "of europe. this way, responds to the call of the European Council (Opens in new window) a digital compass "" based digital strategy of the commission of february 2020.

The Communication proposes to agree on a set of principles, delivered quickly digital important multinational projects and preparing a legislative proposal to establish a strong governance framework, to monitor progress: Digital compass (Opens in new window) .

Digital compass of Europe

The commission is proposing a Digital compass (Opens in new window) to translate into concrete terms the digital ambitions of the eu by 2030. Evolve around four cardinal points:

  1. Digitally citizens trained and highly trained digital professionals; by 2030, at least 80 per cent of all adults should have basic digital skills, and should have 20 million ict specialists employed in the eu, while more women should occupy those work;
  2. Digital infrastructure safe, effective and sustainable; by 2030, every household in the eu should have gigabit connectivity and all populated areas should be covered by 5G; semiconductor production sustainable and in europe should represent 20 per cent of the world; it must be installed in the EU border 10,000 nodes highly safe and neutral for climate, Europe should have its first quantum computer;
  3. Digital transformation of companies; by 2030, three out of four companies should use services in the cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence; over 90% of smes should meet at least the basic level of digital intensity; and the number of eu unicornios set;
  4. Digitization of public services; by 2030, all key public services should be available online; all citizens have access to their electronic medical records; and 80% of citizens should use a solution of electronic identification.

The Compass provides a strong joint governance structure with member states based on a tracking system, with annual reports in the form of traffic lights. The objectives will be a political programme which will be agreed with the european parliament and the council.

Country projects

To better address gaps in capacities criticism of the eu, the commission will facilitate the rapid launch of multinational projects, combining investments of the eu budget, member states and industry, based on the mechanism for the recovery and resilience and other eu funds. In their recovery plans and resilience, member states undertake to dedicate at least 20 per cent to digital priority. possible multinational projects include a networked data processing; the pan-european design and implementation of the next generation of reliable processors low consumption; or public administrations are connected.

Digital rights and principles for europeans

The rights and values of the eu are in the heart of the human-centred approach by the eu's digital. Need to be fully reflected in the online space as in the real world. For this reason, the commission proposes to develop a framework for digital principles, such as access to a high-quality connectivity, sufficient to digital skills, to public services, to online services, fair and non-discriminatory, and more generally, to ensure that the same rights that apply outside can fully exercise online. These principles are discussed in a broad social debate and could be sanctified in a solemn interinstitutional declaration between the european parliament, the council and the commission. It would be based on the european pillar of social rights (Opens in new window) and complement them. Finally, the commission proposes to monitor in an annual Eurobarometer if europeans feel that they respected their rights.

A digital europe in the world

The digital processing raises global challenges. The eu will work to promote its positive digital agenda and people-centred within international organizations and through international digital strong partnerships. The combination of domestic investments of the eu with the important funding available under the new external cooperation instruments will allow the eu to work with partners throughout the world in order to achieve common objectives. The commission has already proposed the creation of a new The council of technology and trade UE-EE s. (Opens in new window) . Today ’ s communication stresses the importance of investing in better connectivity with external partners in the eu, for example, by building a digital connectivity.


Digital technologies have been instrumental in maintaining the economic and social life throughout the crisis the coronavirus. Will Be the key differentiating factor in a successful transition towards an economy and a sustainable society after a pandemic. Enterprises and citizens can benefit from digital opportunities, promoting resilience and easing the units at all levels, from the industrial sectors to individual technologies. The european approach to the digital processing is also a key factor behind global influence of the eu.

At its 12 state of the union of (Opens in new window) 2020, the president of the commission, Ursula von der Leyen, asked europe to prove more leadership, coupled with a common vision 2030, based on clear objectives and principles such as universal connectivity and respect for the right to privacy and libertad. speech In its. conclusions (Opens in new window) october 2020, the european council invited the commission to submit a comprehensive digital compass setting out the eu's ambitions to 2030.

The level of eu funding available under Mechanism for the recovery and resilience (Opens in new window) will the scale and intensity of cooperation between member states that it is necessary to achieve a successful digital transformation. There is a target of digital spending 20% for each national plan, which accompanies the digital component the european budget (Opens in new window) 2021-2027.

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