2030 Digital Compass: the European way for the Digital Decade

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Series Details COM (2021) 118
Publication Date 09/03/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 9 March 2021, setting out a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation in the European Union (EU) by 2030.

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The Commission proposes a Digital Compass to translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into concrete terms. This comprises a number of pillars:

  • Digitally skilled citizens and highly skilled digital professionals;
  • Secure, performant and sustainable digital infrastructures;
  • Digital transformation of businesses;
  • Digitalisation of public services.

The EU's ambition is to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, and to pursue digital policies that empower people and businesses to seize a human centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future. This includes addressing vulnerabilities and dependencies as well as accelerating investment.

This Communication follows up on the Commission President's intention to establish a Digital Decade. It also responds to a similar call by the European Council and it build on the Commission's Digital Strategy published in 2020. The vision proposes to agree on a set of digital principles, to launch important multi-country projects, and to prepare a legislative proposal setting out a robust governance framework, to monitor progress – the Digital Compass.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:118:FIN
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  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/communication-2030-digital-compass-european-way-digital-decade_en
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Commentary and Analysis
GSMA Europe: News, 09/03/2021: The GSMA welcomes Europe’s Digital Decade goals https://www.gsma.com/gsmaeurope/news/digital-decade-goals/

EurActiv, 08/03/2021: LEAK: Commission in bid for EU data sovereignty with digital decade targets https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/leak-commission-in-bid-for-eu-data-sovereignty-with-digital-decade-targets/
BBC News, 09/03/2021: EU seeks to supercharge computer chip production https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56334210

European Commission: Priorities 2019-2024: Europe’s Digital Decade: digital targets for 2030 https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age/europes-digital-decade-digital-targets-2030_en
European Commission: Policies: The Digital Compass https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/digital-compass
European Commission: Press Release, 09/03/2021: Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_983
European Commission: Europe's Digital Decade – Questions and Answers (9 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_21_984
European Commission: Speech by Executive Vice-President Vestager at the press conference on Europe's Digital Decade: 2030 Digital Targets (9 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_21_1092

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