The consultation is a unique opportunity to have your say in the definition of the priorities for the first 2 years of the Digital Europe programme (2021-2022).
The purpose of this consultation is to gather the stakeholders’ views on the key areas, elements and priorities of the initial phases of the future EU Digital Europe programme.
The Digital Europe programme was proposed by the Commission as part of the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The programme's objective is to respond to the harsh challenge Europe is facing in a context of increasing global competition. Global actors are injecting vast amounts of public capital in advanced digital capacities to boost their competitiveness, modernise their public sector and protect their society and economy. However, the EU has been slower than competing regions in investing in the uptake of latest technologies including world-class infrastructures.
In concrete terms, the programme’s aim is to reinforce Europe's capacities in areas of strategic importance such as high performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity and to make sure they benefit the economy and address societal challenges and citizens’ needs. It plans to achieve this by overcoming the fragmentation of investments, the lack of advanced digital skills and the slow pace of adoption of innovative digital solutions by public administrations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).