Council agrees on Partial General Approach for Digital Europe programme
On 4 December 2018, the Council of the EU agreed on a Partial General Approach (PGA) on the Digital Europe programme, a new funding programme for the digital transformation of Europe's societies and economies to be launched in 2021. The programme aims to increase large-scale deployment of key digital technologies and encourage their uptake.
Similar to the PGA on Horizon Europe that was agreed by the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2018, the PGA for Digital Europe excludes budget-related and horizontal issues which are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).
The Digital Europe programme will provide funding for projects in five areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society. It will complement a number of other programmes supporting digital transformation, such as Horizon Europe and the digital aspects of the Connecting Europe Facility.
The PGA is the Council's position for negotiations with the European Parliament. Both institutions have to agree on the text before it can enter into force.
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