15 Sep 2021
EC proposes Path to the Digital Decade for Europe
In the context of the State-of-the-Union speech delivered by European Commission President von der Leyen before the European Parliament, the EC has published a proposal for a "Path to the Digital Decade", a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of Europe's society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade, published on 15 September 2021, will translate the EU's digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism. It will set up a governance framework based on an annual cooperation mechanism with Member States to reach the 2030 Digital Decade targets at Union level in the areas of digital skills, digital infrastructures, digitalisation of businesses and public services. It also aims to identify and implement large-scale digital projects involving the Commission and the Member States. In line with European values, the Path to the Digital Decade should reinforce Europe's digital leadership and promote human centred and sustainable digital policies empowering citizens and businesses.
Specifically, the Commission proposes to engage in an annual cooperation mechanism with Member States that will 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; including key performance indicators (KPIs);
- An annual report on the ‘State of the Digital Decade', in which the Commission will evaluate progress and provide recommendations for actions;
- Multiannual digital decade strategic roadmaps for each Member State, in which they will outline adopted or planned policies and measures in support of the 2030 targets;
- A structured annual framework to discuss and address areas of insufficient progress through recommendations and joint commitments between the Commission and the Member States;
- A mechanism to support the implementation of multi-country projects.
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