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Digital Europe – Preparatory actions for the data space for tourism – 2021

The Digital Europe 2021-2027 programme aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of the European economy, industry and society, to bring its benefits to citizens, public administrations and businesses across the Union, and to improve the competitiveness of Europe in the global digital economy while contributing to bridging the digital divide across the Union and reinforcing the Union’s strategic autonomy, through holistic, cross-sectoral and cross-border support and a stronger Union contribution.

1 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To prepare for the development of a secure and trusted data space to enable the tourism sector to share and access data allowing for an increase in its economic and environmental performance.


  • Priority 1: Facilitate the sharing, processing and analysis of various types of data produced, maintained and used by the key actors of the sector;
  • Priority 2: Provide easy, cross-border access to key datasets, deploying trust mechanisms (security and privacy by design);
  • Priority 3: Contribute to the competitiveness, greening and sustainability, emergence of innovative business models and upskilling within the tourism sector;
  • Priority 4: Give the possibility to align the offer with tourists’ expectations, adapting service proposals to new tourist groups, predict a high influx of tourists and thus plan resources more efficiently, and even creating new business opportunities.

Among financed actions

  • Undertake an inventory of existing platforms sharing relevant data for the tourism sector;
  • Explore different possible design approaches for the data space (e.g. serving private data sharing and interests that are complemented by public data, or serving private and public interests), and elaborate the advantages and disadvantages;
  • Engage the community of stakeholders including associations acting at EU/multicountry level representing relevant stakeholders, national entities involved in tourism and public administration and/or governmental bodies;
  • Develop a multi-stakeholder data sharing governance scheme, bringing together local data ecosystem stakeholders, to jointly identify the data infrastructures to federate in order to enable a data space for tourism at EU level, and the challenges to sharing these sets;
  • Elaborate a blueprint for the data space for tourism based on existing EU legislation and data policies, as well as on common principles agreed at sector or local levels;
  • Bring an agreed set of priority datasets and data themes, including real-time data into conformity with the new blueprint standards and principles.

Additional information 

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 12 months.


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • A consortium composed of at least 3 independant entities, established in at least 3 different eligible countries must be constituted.
  • Total budget of the call: 4 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic: 1 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 1 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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