Within the framework of the priority “A Europe fit for the digital Age”, the European Commission is working on a digital transformation strategy that will benefit citizens, businesses and the environment.
With the aim to make the digital transformation work for people and businesses while helping to achieve its target of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, the EU’s digital strategy focuses on data, technology, and infrastructure in order to strengthen Europe‘s digital sovereignty and set standards.
The digital solutions foreseen by the Commission will: open up new opportunities for businesses; encourage the development of trustworthy technology; foster an open and democratic society; enable a vibrant and sustainable economy; help fight climate change and achieve the green transition.
In particular, the Commission is determined to make this Europe's “Digital Decade”, empowering businesses and people in a human-centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future. The Europe’s “Digital Decade” contains the targets to be put into practice until 2030, which are structured on four cardinal points (the Digital Compass):
- Secure and sustainable digital infrastructures
- Digital transformation of businesses
- Digitalisation of public services
Furthermore, the strategy is intended to include a set of Digital rights and principles to be identified through a societal debate in order to help promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. These rights and principles aim to ensure that all citizens benefit from digitalisation, are skilled for the digital society and exercise their rights online as well as offline. They should also guide the EU and the Member States in designing and enforcing coordinated policies and help monitoring the perception of Europeans of the benefits of digitalisation in an annual Eurobarometer. A wide-range discussion on the digital rights and principles is expected to be conducted in the course of 2021.
The Digital Decade will also be implemented through multi-country projects and international partnerships. 20 % of the Recovery and Resilience Facility of each EU country should be dedicated to the digital transition.