Decision (EU) 2022/2481 establishing the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030

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Decision (EU) 2022/2481 - adopted by the co-legislators on 14 December 2022 - establishing the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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The European Commission adopted its Digital Compass in March 2021, which set out a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation in the European Union (EU) by 2030. This Communication announced that the Commission would present a set of digital principles and rights in an interinstitutional solemn declaration alongside the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

This Decision establishes the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030 and sets out a monitoring and cooperation mechanism for that programme. It also establishes a framework for multi-country projects.

The programme seeks to ensure that the EU achieves its objectives and targets towards a digital transformation of its society and economy in line with its values. It sets out the concrete digital targets which the EU as a whole is expected to achieve by the end of the decade, as first delineated in the Digital Compass. It sets out a novel form of governance with Member States, through a mechanism of annual cooperation between the EU institutions and countries to ensure that the EU jointly achieves its ambition. The targets are based on four cardinal points: digital skills, digital infrastructures, digitalisation of businesses and of public services.

The draft Decision was adopted by the European Commission on 15 September 2021, alongside the annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) address. The Council of the European Union adopted its negotiating position on 11 May 2022, followed by the European Parliament on 23 May. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 14 July. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 24 November and by the Council on 8 December. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 14 December 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 19 December 2022.

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EUR-LEX: COM(2021)574: Proposal for a Decision establishing the 2030 Policy Programme “Path to the Digital Decade”
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)247: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on 2030 policy programme “Path to the Digital Decade” (2021/0293(COD))
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European Commission: State of the Union: Path to the Digital Decade - Questions and Answers (14 July 2022)
Renew Europe EP Group: Newsroom, 14/07/2022: Digital Decade policy programme: deal secures a robust governance framework for digital transformation across Europe
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 08/12/2022: ‘Path to the Digital Decade’: Council adopts key policy programme for EU’s digital transformation
European Commission: Press Release, 09/01/2023: First cooperation and monitoring cycle to reach EU 2030 Digital Decade targets kicks off

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