Skip to main content
Shaping Europe’s digital future logo
Shaping Europe’s digital future

The Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations.

© European Commission - Introducing the DIGITAL Europe Programme
fix-empty

How to make Europe greener and more digital are the twin challenges for our generation, and our success in meeting them will define our future.

The European Commission has begun to look at a greener Europe through the lens of the European Green Deal. At the same time, it is opening up discussions about the move to a more digital world: the digital transition.

Digital technology and infrastructure have a critical role in our private lives and business environments. We rely on them to communicate, work, advance science and answer current environmental problems. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted not only how much we rely on our technology to be available to us, but also how important it is for Europe not to be dependent on systems and solutions coming from other regions of the world. Paving the way for achieving this goal is DIGITAL programme.

The Digital Europe Programme will provide strategic funding to answer these challenges, supporting projects in five key capacity areas: in supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society, including through Digital Innovation Hubs. With a planned overall budget of €7.5 billion (in current prices), it aims to accelerate the economic recovery and shape the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy, bringing benefits to everyone, but in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Digital Europe Programme will not address these challenges in isolation, but rather complement the funding available through other EU programmes, such as the Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation and the Connecting Europe Facility for digital infrastructure, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the Structural funds, to name a few. It is a part of the next long-term EU budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

How to get funding.

Latest

First calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme are launched in digital tech and European Digital Innovation Hubs

The Commission announced this week the first set of calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme. This follows the adoption of the work programmes allocating nearly €2 billion for investments aimed to advance on the digital transition.

PRESS RELEASE |
Commission to invest nearly €2 billion in delivering digital advances to business, citizens, and public administrations

The Commission has adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding. This first set of work programmes includes strategic investments that will be instrumental in realising the Commission's goals in making this Europe's Digital Decade.

DIGIBYTE |
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network: Commission issues guidelines for evaluation of National Coordination Centers’ capacity to manage EU funds

The Commission has adopted guidelines for evaluation of National Coordination Centres (‘NCCs’) capacity to manage EU funds. This is a new step in the implementation of the Regulation establishing a new Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network. The Network will be constituted of 27 National Coordination Centres, one from each Member State, to boost research excellence and the competitiveness of the Union in this field.

PRESS RELEASE |
Commission welcomes political agreement on €7.5 billion Digital Europe Programme

On Monday, the Commission welcomed the political agreement between the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe. Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament and the Council.

Related Content

Big Picture

Funding for Digital in the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework

The EU’s long-term EU budget, also known as the multiannual financial framework, will boost digital technologies and aid in recovery from the pandemic.

Dig deeper

The DIGITAL Europe Programme – Work Programmes

Overall objectives, scope, outcomes and deliverables as well as budget allocations, for each topic are described in the work programmes. On this web page you will find relevant documents and amendments for the work programmes once they have been adopted by the European...

Skills in the DIGITAL Europe programme

The DIGITAL Europe programme will fund the design and delivery of specialised programmes and traineeships for future experts in key capacity areas like data and AI, cybersecurity, quantum and HPC.

Supercomputing in the DIGITAL Europe programme

The DIGITAL Europe programme aims to build up and strengthen the EU’s supercomputing and data processing capacities, helping us to reach exascale supercomputing – computing with a power comparable to aggregating the computing capabilities of the mobile phones of the EU’s entire...

European Digital Innovation Hubs

European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) will function as one-stop shops that help companies dynamically respond to the digital challenges and become more competitive.

See Also

Connecting Europe Facility — CEF Digital

The digital part of the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF Digital) will support and catalyse both public and private investments in digital connectivity infrastructures between 2021-2027.

Related Content