Digital Europe Programme: close to €2 billion for the digital transition and skills
On 10 November 2021 the European Commission adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme. It will accelerate the technological sovereignty of Europe and finance new digital solutions to make the next 10 years Europe's Digital Decade. In this first round, a total of €1.98 billion in funding will be dedicated to this.
The main work programme (DIGITAL Europe Work Programme 2021-2022), worth €1.38 billion, will streamline investment in key areas of emerging technologies: Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud and data spaces, quantum communication infrastructure, advanced digital skills, and the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society until the end of 2022.
The programme will help Europeans get the right skills to learn and actively participate in the labour market. Concretely it will support:
- Education and training opportunities for the future experts in key capacity areas like data and ethical AI, cybersecurity, quantum and HPC.
- Reskilling and upskilling of the existing workforce through short-term trainings reflecting the latest developments in key capacity areas
Two other work programmes accompany the main one. The DIGITAL Europe - Cybersecurity Work Programme 2021-2022 will invest €269 million until the end of 2022 in areas crucial to cyber and network security, while the DIGITAL Europe - EDIH Work Programme 2021-2023 deals with the management and running of a network of European Digital Hubs (€329 million, until the end of 2023).
Find more information and the programme, announcing upcoming DIGITAL actions on the European Commission website!