Europe’s Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030

Economy - published on 11 March 2021
Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service
Brussels, 9th March 2021.

Today the Commission presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral,
circular and resilient economy. The EU’s ambition is to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, and to pursue digital policies that empower people and businesses to seize a
human centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future. This includes addressing vulnerabilities and dependencies as well as accelerating investment.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: Europe has a lifetime opportunity to build back better. With the new multi-annual budget and the Recovery and
Resilience Facility, we have mobilised unprecedented resources to invest in the digital transition. The pandemic has exposed how crucial digital technologies and skills are to work, study and
engage – and where we need to get better. We must now make this Europe’s Digital Decade so that all citizens and businesses can access the very best the digital world can offer. Today’s Digital
Compass gives us a clear view of how to get there.

Today’s Communication follows
President von der Leyen‘s call
to make the next years Europe’s ‘Digital Decade’; responds to the
European Council’s call
for a ‘Digital Compass’; and builds on the Commission’s
digital strategy
of February 2020. The Communication proposes to agree on a set of digital principles, to rapidly launch important multi-country projects, and to prepare a legislative
proposal setting out a robust governance framework, to monitor progress – the Digital Compass.

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