Commission Welcomes Political Agreement on 2030 Digital Policy Programme
On 14 July 2022, the Commission welcomed the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the 2030 Policy Programme "Path to the Digital Decade". The aim of this programme is to set up a monitoring and cooperation mechanism to achieve the common objectives and targets of Europe's digital transformation as set out in the 2030 Digital Compass.
The 2030 Digital Compass was presented on 9 March 2021 by the Commission and aims to provide a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030 (→ eucrim 1/2021, 8-9). A proposal for a Path to the Digital Decade for Europe's digital transformation by 2030 was submitted during the State of the Union Address by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in September 2021. On 26 February 2022, the Commission also proposed a Declaration on digital rights and principles for a human-centred digital transformation (→ eucrim 1/2022, 10-11), which is currently being discussed by the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission.
The political agreement reached will now be subject to formal approval by the two co-legislators. Once approved, the Digital Decade policy programme will enter into force. After entry into force, the Commission and the Member States will develop key performance indicators (KPIs) based on an enhanced Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), in order to measure progress towards the 2030 digital targets. This will serve as preparation for the first annual report on the “State of the Digital Decade” - possibly to be adopted as early as June 2023.