Commissions starts consultation on Digital Europe programme
On 25 July 2019, the European Commission opened a consultation on the orientation of the first two years of its proposed Digital Europe programme. In the period 2021-2027, the Digital Europe programme would bring direct investment worth a total of €9.2 billion for the deployment of innovative digital technologies in five key areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of these digital technologies in line with Europe’s sustainability goals and values.
The goal of Digital Europe will be to improve Europe's competitiveness in the global digital economy and increase its technological autonomy, by building capacity, testing digital technologies, and deploying them.
In June 2018, the European Commission proposed the creation of a Digital Europe programme, a new funding instrument dedicated to digitisation within the EU’s next budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-27. The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on Digital Europe, excluding budget-related issues, on 13 February 2019. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019. While the institutional negotiation of the next MFF continues, the Commission has started to prepare the implementation of the Digital Europe programme.
The Online Survey can be accessed here. It is open from 25 July to 25 October 2019.