In the framework of the debate on the state of the European Union that has been held in Strasbourg, the European Commission has presented an itinerary to be covered with which to tackle the Digital Decade. A plan with concrete measures to be achieved by 2030.
The European Commission presents the path to the Digital Decade
As is customary at this time, the European Parliament has devoted the first sessions to analyzing the measures carried out during the previous year. At the same time, it presents what for the leaders themselves is the direction that all member countries must follow in order to continue advancing in different scenarios. Among them, one of the most notorious has achieved in recent months: digital transformation.
The Digital Decade
The pandemic has served to make visible the importance that digital transformation has in the productive fabric and commercial activity of the European Union. In addition, it has also helped to understand the differences between companies that had already made progress and had begun to overcome stages in terms of digital transformation and those that had not yet started or were in the most premature phases.
According to the perspective of the European Union, the itinerary of the Digital Decade should reinforce the entrepreneurial leadership of companies. In addition to promoting sustainable human-centered policies. The objective is not only to empower companies that are active in our country. Also to the citizens that make it up.
A strong governance framework
The basis of the Digital Decade is supported by the Digital Compass, an initiative carried out by the European Parliament that outlines the vision to carry out the successful digital transformation of society and the economy for the year 2030. Through the itinerary towards the Digital Decade, the governance framework is created on a series of concrete measures.
Through this itinerary, the objective of the European Union is to help all countries to be on the same level in terms of digitization. Therefore, the starting points in which all countries are currently located must be taken into account to carry out an annual cooperation mechanism. This mechanism will include the following elements:
- A structured, transparent and shared monitoring system based on the Digital Economy and Society Index. Also including key performance indicators.
- An annual report on “The evolution of the Digital Decade”. In this evaluation, the Commission must analyze progress, in addition to offering recommendations for action.
- Multi-year strategic roadmaps for the digital decade of each Member State.
- An annual structured framework to discuss and address areas where there is insufficient progress.
- A support mechanism for the execution of multinational projects.
Tracking guarantees for all countries
With the aim that Europe can advance in a coordinated manner until the achievement of all the objectives of the Digital Decade, this itinerary presents a monitoring system of all the progress made by all countries through a system of global indicators.
The Commission will be in charge of determining what is the forecast in terms of evolution around all the objectives defined according to the state in which each of the countries is located. In addition, different routes will be proposed to travel to achieve their achievement.
The European Commission may, once a year:
- Present the results in the digital field. For this, the results will be measured according to the comparison with the foreseeable evolution previously defined.
- Formulate specific recommendations to member states to achieve the 2030 goals.
The objective of the itinerary towards the Digital Decade is to be able to promote the digital transformation of countries, and their respective companies, to be able to print maximum competitiveness to all countries under conditions of equality, adapting to the current state in which their organizations are in the actuality. All citizens will be able, in 2030, to benefit from the same digital opportunities: access to the internet, use of algorithms to respect people and the possibility of creating safe and reliable environments in their day-to-day lives.