Path to the digital decade programme

Briefing 15-11-2022

Bridging Europe's digital divide

In its digital decade strategy, the European Commission has put forward its vision for new strategic digital objectives for 2030. These should prepare Europe for the roll-out of the next generation of broadband infrastructure with gigabit speeds, including 5G, and for the digital transformation of the public and private sectors, while also reducing the digital divide. To measure progress towards the digital decade, the Commission is proposing a 'digital compass', with indicators based on four dimensions: improved digital skills, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures, digital transformation of businesses, and digitalisation of the public sector. The decision will establish the 'Path to the Digital Decade' policy programme, which aims to set up a governance framework and funding to help achieve the 2030 digital decade targets, including multi-country projects and cooperation mechanisms between the Commission and Member States. At the European Parliament, the file has been allocated to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, which adopted its report on 17 May 2022 and also agreed to enter into trilogue negotiations. An agreement was reached during the second trilogue on 13 July 2022, and this was endorsed by the ITRE committee on 1 September 2022. Parliament is expected to vote on this agreement during its November II 2022 plenary session. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.