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The route of Digital Decade to transpose european digital by 2030

17 september 2021

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The commission has proposed a roadmap to Digital Decade, endorsing a concrete plan for achieving the transformation of our digital society and economy by 2030.

The road map proposed Digital Decade reflected in concrete terms digital ambitions of the eu by 2030 (Opens in new window) . To create a frame of governance based on an annual mechanism for cooperation with member states to achieve the objectives of the Digital Decade (Opens in new window) 2030 throughout the union, in capacities and infrastructures and morphed digital companies and public services. It also aims to identify and implement large-scale digital between the commission and member states.

The pandemic has highlighted the key role of digital technology in building a prosperous and sustainable development. In particular, the crisis has demonstrated the existing gap between the companies with good digital capacity and which have not yet taken digital solutions, and has further highlight the gap between urban well connected and rural areas and remote locations. The digitalization offers many new opportunities for the european market: in fact, in 2020 were more than 500 000 vacancies for experts on cybersecurity and data that were still vacant. In accordance with european values, the road map for Digital Decade must reinforce our leadership and promoting digital sustainable policies and focusing on the human being able to empower, both companies and citizens.

Road map for Digital Decade

On the basis of the communication Digital compass 2030 (Opens in new window) , in which the commission was piqued when its vision for a successful digital transformation of society and european economy by 2030, the commission now introduces a strong governance framework for achieving the goals through digital road map for the Decade.

In recent years, the digital developments in the member states have been very uneven. It has been observed that those countries that had progressed slowly five years ago, remains too slowly. With this new Road map for Digital Decade establishing a structured cooperation to assist in the scope of the agreed goals at the same time taking into account the different points of departure of the member states.

In particular, the commission intends to undertake an annual mechanism for cooperation with member states, which will include:

  • a tracking system structured, transparent and based on the shared Índice of the economy and society Digital (DESI) (Opens in new window) to assess progress in achieving the objectives of 2030, including key performance indicators (ICR);
  • an annual report on "the evolution of the Decade Digital », in which the commission will assess progress and provide recommendations for action;
  • road maps for the multiannual strategic digital decade of each member state, which outline the policies and measures planned or approved to support the achievement of the millennium 2030 of each country;
  • annual a structured framework to discuss and address the areas in which we do not have enough, through recommendations and joint commitments between the commission and member states;
  • a support mechanism for the implementation of projects having dual or multiple nationality.

Follow-up to the progress and report on ‘ the evolution of the Decade Digital »

To ensure that europe is making rapid progress towards achieving the objectives of the Decade, the proposed governance framework provides for a system of follow-up to the progress that is based on the Índice of the economy and society Digital (DESI) (Opens in new window) . Firstly, the commission shall determine the foreseeable evolution at european level for each objective with the member states, and these in turn will propose roadmaps national strategic towards their achievement. Successively every year the commission will submit a report on ‘ The situation of the Decade Digital » to the european parliament and the Council of the european Union in order to:

  • present the results in the digital divide, measured through comparison with foreseeable evolution;
  • specific recommendations to member states in achieving the objectives of 2030, taking into account national circumstances.

The commission will review the objectives by 2026 to take stock of technological development, economic and social council.

Multi-country projects

The multi-country projects are large-scale projects that could contribute to the scope of the goals of the digital processing of europe between now and 2030, and that no member state could develop alone. Through these projects the member states may join efforts and to pool resources to develop digital skills in those areas which are essential to boost digital sovereignty and recovery of europe.

The commission has compiled an initial list of projects having dual or multiple nationality in different areas of investment: spatial data infrastructure, low-consumption processors, networks of communication 5G, high-performance computing quantum, communication, public administration, string technology blocks, digital innovation centres and investment in digital skills.

Multiple objectives will accelerate the scanning process and will promote greater resilience and technological sovereignty, contributing to the market more specialists to work in the digital sphere or in providing incentives to different sectors to develop digital technologies in europe.

The annual report on ‘ the evolution of the Decade Digital » will provide the information necessary to give an account of developments and the gaps identified in the digital processing of europe, and update the list of projects having dual or multiple nationality.

The projects having dual or multiple nationality should collect the investments of the resources of eu funding, including the Mechanism for the recovery and resilience (Opens in new window) and the resources of member states. Other public and private entities will be able to invest in projects where relevant.

The Commission, which will act as the initiator of the multinational projects, will assist member states to identify their interest in such projects, will provide guidance on implementation mechanisms and assistance to ensure wide participation and achievement of results.

The programme provides a new legal structure, the consortium of European Digital Infrastructure (DTIS), which allows the rapid and flexible creation and implementation of projects having dual or multiple nationality.


The Digital compass 2030 (Opens in new window) march 2021, which serves as a starting point of today's proposal, outlined the european way in the economy and society digitized, proposing a series of digital objectives specific four cardinal points: capacities, infrastructure, businesses and public services.

The road map proposed Digital Decade based on the results of a number of consultations in which the citizens, businesses, government agencies, member states, industry and various organizations have shared their views on what elements it considered necessary for the transformation in Europe is a success. In Addition, its implementation, as well as the design of follow-up initiatives, will be accompanied by discussions in an online forum (Opens in new window) dedicated to Digital Compass.

In parallel, the commission is finalizing a joint motion for a 'digital declaration of principles' of the european parliament, the council and the commission to ensure that the digital divide reflects the law and european values. In this way, all citizens may benefit from the digital opportunities, such as universal access to the internet, algorithms that respect to persons and a safe online environment and reliable. The annual report on ‘ the evolution of the Decade Digital » reflected an assessment of the implementation of the principles.

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