There are stringent climate and digital targets to meet, including at least 37% of public spending on climate-friendly investments and reforms, and at least 20% on the digital transition. This will help the EU to achieve its climate neutrality target by 2050 and set it on the path towards a profound digital transition.
A comprehensive plan of actions and investments to enter a digital decade, with the aim of becoming a global reference model for the digital economy, of setting and promoting normative standards and of pursuing policies that empower citizens and businesses.
Concrete actions include supporting small businesses in adopting the technologies, supporting citizens in learning basic and advanced digital skills, and facilitating widespread access to the internet and to online public services. At the same time, the EU will also continue to pursue excellence in advanced technologies such as quantum computing, cloud technologies and artificial intelligence.
Digital ambitions that must be translated into a few key points by 2030:
- a digitally savvy population and highly skilled professionals,
- secure and reliable digital infrastructures and a high percentage of digitised businesses,
- modernised public services responsive to society's needs.
Activities in 2021 also include the new Digital Europe programme, with a budget of €7.5 billion over the next seven years, set to bring digital technology to businesses, to citizens, and to public administrations.
The European Commission is developing a proposal on digital principles to ensure that the digital space uses the values and rights of the European Union as its reference. All citizens will benefit from opportunities such as universal internet access, people-friendly algorithms, and a secure and trustworthy online environment.