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Digital Europe Programme 2021-2027

The network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) covered in the European Digital Innovation Hubs Work Programme supports the SMEs in their twin transitions. And, the sectorial Testing an Experimentations Facilities (TEFs) supports companies developing artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to bring their innovation to the market. Also, the Programme supports businesses and SMEs through investments in the area of digital skills. It invests in upskilling and reskilling to provide a workforce for advanced digital technologies such as AI, advanced computing, as well as in cybersecurity and data infrastructure.

Budget

7.588 billion euro

Beneficiaries

All beneficiaries

Type of financing

Regulation (EU) 2021/694 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2021

Budget
7.588 billion euro
Bénéficiaires
All beneficiaries
Type de financement​
Regulation (EU) 2021/694 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2021
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The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations.

Objectives

  • To reinforce EU’s critical digital capacities by focusing on the key areas of AI, cybersecurity, advanced computing, data infrastructure, governance and processing, the deployment of these technologies and their best use for critical sectors like energy, climate change and environment, manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare
  • To upskill and reskill for these advanced digital technologies, by supporting industry, SMEs, and public administration in their digital transformation with a reinforced network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH)

Priorities

  • Address climate and environment protection challenges
  • Ensure the deployment of sectorial common data spaces, based on the secure and energyefficient federated cloud-to-edge infrastructure that are accessible to businesses and the public sector across the EU
  • Accelerate and strengthen the adoption of AI technologies in Europe
  • Strengthen preparedness of the key sectors and response actions across the EU to cyber threats
  • Support the excellence of EU education and training institutions in digital areas to improve the capacity to nurture and attract digital talent through specialised education programmes in advanced digital technologies, and, for example, in areas of cybersecurity and semiconductors
  • Invest in the uptake of blockchain in Europe and in building of efficient and interoperable digital public services, as well as in building confidence in digital transformation

Structure

  • High-Performance Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Advanced digital skills
  • Deployment and use of digital capabilities

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Horizon Europe

Focused on Innovation and Research

Digital Europe

Accelerating Europe’s Digital Transformation

Frequently asked question

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The Digital Europe Programme represents a pivotal initiative by the European Union aimed at accelerating the digital transformation across member states. Launched in 2021, its primary objective is to strengthen the EU’s digital sovereignty and boost the digital technology industry, including sectors like cybersecurity, high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and the development of a big data test infrastructure (BDTI). This programme is a cornerstone in achieving Europe’s digital decade, with a focus on enhancing the digital skills of its citizens and the digital infrastructure necessary for a competitive digital single market.
The programme is funded through the European Union’s budget, providing a significant financial framework to support the digital transformation of its member states. This fund is allocated to various projects and initiatives that align with the programme’s objectives, such as improving public services’ digital capabilities, fostering the digitalisation of businesses and public administrations, and enhancing cybersecurity resilience.
The main goals include: Accelerating the digital transformation in the EU to ensure a competitive and secure digital single market. Developing and reinforcing digital infrastructures and services through initiatives like the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital). Boosting digital skills among EU citizens and workers. Enhancing Europe’s cybersecurity framework to protect privacy and ensure safer online environments. Supporting the digital technology industry’s growth and innovation, particularly in areas like AI, cloud computing, and big data.
The programme aims to enhance the competitiveness of the European digital technology industry by providing financial support, regulatory frameworks, and a platform for discussion and collaboration among stakeholders. It focuses on advancing digital infrastructures, such as telecommunications and cloud services, to foster innovation and ensure a robust digital future for businesses, consumers, and public administrations alike.