Introduction to the Digital Europe Programme
The Digital Europe Programme (DEP) is an initiative of the European Union, designed to enhance the Digital Single Market. Established in 2021, it fosters digital connectivity across Europe, benefiting citizens, businesses, and public administrations.
What is the Digital Europe Programme?
This programme signifies a new phase in EU funding, emphasizing the integration of digital technology. It impacts a diverse range of sectors including businesses, individuals, and public administrations, marking a shift in the EU's digital approach.
Core Funding Areas
The Digital Europe Programme prioritizes funding in five key areas:
- artificial intelligence
- advanced digital skills
- widespread digital technology use.
Its goal is to transition research in digital technology to practical market applications.
Impact on European Society and Business
Aligning with the EU's green transition and digital transformation goals, the Programme enhances digital sovereignty. It provides significant benefits to SMEs, strengthening Europe's digital resilience.
Addressing Europe's Green and Digital Challenges
The Digital Europe Programme confronts two major challenges: fostering a greener Europe and advancing digitalization. The European Green Deal and digital transition are central to these efforts, shaping the future of Europe.
The Role of Digital Technology
In our digital era, technology plays a crucial role in both private and professional spheres. The pandemic has highlighted our reliance on technology and Europe's need for self-reliance in this field. The Programme addresses this need.
The Digital Europe Programme, with a budget of €7.5 billion, aims to hasten Europe's economic recovery and digital transformation. It offers particular benefits to SMEs, propelling them into a new digital age.
Complementary Funding and Collaboration
The Programme complements other EU funding initiatives, including Horizon Europe and the Connecting Europe Facility. It is integral to the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.
Building Blocks of the Programme
The Digital Europe Programme supports crucial digital services, known as 'building blocks.' These blocks are based on European standards and facilitate the implementation of digital capabilities efficiently.
There are eight key building blocks provided by the Programme:
- eArchiving: Offers specifications and services for data preservation based on international standards.
- Big Data Test Infrastructure (BDTI): A virtual environment for experimenting with big data tools.
- Context Broker: Centralizes IoT data for comprehensive analysis and informed decision-making.
- eDelivery: Provides infrastructure for secure data and document exchange.
- eID: Assists in setting up infrastructure for electronic identification as per eIDAS Regulation.
- eInvoicing: Facilitates electronic invoice processing across borders.
- eSignature: Supports the creation and verification of electronic signatures in line with eIDAS Regulation.
- eTranslation: Offers on-demand machine translation services for texts and documents.
Additionally, the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) enhances trust and operational efficiency. The Once Only Principle (OOP) aims to reduce the administrative burden, currently a preparatory action under the CEF.