What are the objectives of the 2030 Digital Compass?
There are four main points:1. A digitally literate population and highly skilled digital professionals
- At least 80% of the adult population should have basic digital skills.
- Twenty million specialists should be employed in the EU in the ICT sector with a convergence of women and men, compared to 7.8 million in 2019.
- Sustainable, secure, and performing digital infrastructures
- All European households should benefit from Gigabit connectivity, up from 59% in 2020, and all populated areas will be covered by 5G, up from 14% in 2021.
- Production of sustainable, state-of-the-art semiconductors in Europe, including processors, should represent at least 20% of global production value, doubling from 10% in 2020.
- Ten thousand climate-neutral and highly secure peripheral nodes (enabling data processing at the edge of the network) should be deployed in the EU and distributed to ensure low-latency data access.
- Europe should have its first state-of-the-art quantum computer.
- Digital transformation of businesses
- Three out of four businesses should use cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence services.
- More than 90% of European SMEs should reach at least a basic level of digital intensity, up from 61% in 2019.
- There should be around 250 “unicorns” (start-ups worth $1 billion) in the EU, a 100% increase from 2021.
- Digitisation of public services
- All vital public services should be available online.
- All citizens will have access to their electronic health record.
- 80% of citizens should use digital identification.
What are the next steps?
The adoption of the Communication will be followed by a structured consultation on the objectives and the compass as well as on the digital principles. Based on this, the Commission aims to come up with a statement on the digital principles by the end of 2021 and propose a Digital Policy Agenda in Q3 2021. The Commission intends to carry out an annual Eurobarometer dedicated explicitly to monitoring European citizens’ perceptions of their rights, values, and aspirations online.