Principles & Objectives
February 2020 - Shaping Europe's Digital Future
The main objectives were presented in February 2020, with a Communication whose conclusions underlined the fact that digital technologies are making possible things unthinkable a generation ago and that the EU must set itself the goal of putting these tools into practice to provide public goods to European citizens.
They offer enormous transformation potential that will affect society as a whole, but for it to be successful, the right structures must be created to ensure reliable technology and to give companies the confidence, skills and means to digitize. Efforts need to be coordinated between the EU, Member States, regions, civil society and the private sector to achieve this and strengthen Europe's digital leadership.
Europe, it is said, can possess this digital transformation and "set global standards". But it wants to do so by guaranteeing the inclusion and respect of every single human being and basing it on European values and rules, in order to inspire the rest of the world.
EC speaks of a "digital compass" because the 4 cardinal points are used to identify the main objectives to be achieved in the next decade:
In practice, the policy agenda aims to create a governance framework to help achieve the goals of the digital decade 2030. How? By indicating objectives and implementing cooperation between the Commission and the Member States.
The Commission is willing to indicate the European implementation strategies and to monitor their progress. Member States have to define national trajectories, roadmaps and implementation plans. These parallel paths are then to be examined annually.
But what are the 2030 objectives declared by the Commission?