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Be part of the Digital Europe programme 2021-2027!

Digital Europe 2021-2027 is the first EU programme entirely dedicated to investments in key digital areas. It aims to support the development and wide use of digital technologies to the benefit of European citizens and businesses.

A budget of 9,2 BEUR is planned to fund projects in 5 areas: supercomputing; Artificial Intelligence; Cybersecurity; Digital skills; and; Ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society. These investments will benefit both public and private sectors, leading in major advancements across a wide range of areas and strengthening Europe's digital competitiveness. At the same time, the programme will boost Europe's digital industry.

Through Digital Europe, businesses and public administrations will receive support to develop and take advantage of state-of-the-art digital technologies. This support will enable them to employ innovative solutions and tools, improving their performance and services. Here are some examples of how Digital Europe will achieve this:
  1. Develop supercomputing and promote its use by industry and SMEs 
  2. Invest in artificial intelligence and facilitate access in AI infrastructure assisting public sector and businesses to trial and test AI-driven solutions and services 
  3. Strengthen cybersecurity through equipment, tools and data infrastructure as well as wide deployment of cybersecurity solutions and enhance capabilities of states and private sector
  4. Design training and education programmes in advanced digital skills for workforce, entrepreneurs, students, graduates and IT professionals 
  5. Build up and strengthen European Innovation Hubs 
  6. Support public administrations to develop and use innovative, cost-effective and interoperable data-driven tools and services in areas of public interest such as healthcare, education, etc.
  7. Develop urban digital platforms 

On April 2019 the European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on Digital Europe. Currently the Commission is planning the implementation of Digital Europe and as part of this process has launched an online public consultation, calling on all relevant stakeholders to submit their feedback. A final agreement on the programme is expected in autumn 2019 and the programme will begin in 1 January 2021.

The consultation offers an opportunity to all interested parties to shape the Digital Europe programme. Their inputs will be used by the Commission to finalise the Orientations for Digital Europe as well as to form its work programmes and call for proposals for the first two years (2021-2022). You can access the consultation and participate in the design of Digital Europe here by 25 October 2019.

Get in touch to find out more about the Digital Europe programme and other EU programmes supporting digital investments 

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