Members' Research Service By / June 16, 2022

Path to the digital decade programme [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital tools, demonstrating the opportunities they offer while exposing society’s vulnerability to new digital divides.

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Written by Mar Negreiro (3rd edition, updated on 16.02.2023).

In its digital decade strategy, the European Commission has put forward its vision for new strategic digital objectives for 2030. These should prepare Europe for the roll-out of the next generation of broadband infrastructure with gigabit speeds, including 5G, and for the digital transformation of the public and private sectors, while also reducing the digital divide. To measure progress towards the digital decade, the Commission is proposing a ‘digital compass’, with indicators based on four dimensions: improved digital skills, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures, digital transformation of businesses, and digitalisation of the public sector.

The decision will establish the ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ policy programme, which aims to set up a governance framework and funding to help achieve the 2030 digital decade targets, including multi-country projects and cooperation mechanisms between the Commission and Member States.

At the European Parliament, the file was allocated to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), which adopted its report on 17 May 2022 and also agreed to enter into trilogue negotiations. An agreement was reached during the second trilogue on 13 July 2022, and this was endorsed by the ITRE committee on 1 September and by the Parliament in its plenary of 24 November. The agreement was also adopted by the Council on 8 December 2022. The Decision entered into force on the 20th day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union on 19 December 2022 and is directly binding on Member States.


Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the 2030 Policy Programme ‘Path to the Digital Decade’
Committee responsible:Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)COM(2021) 574
Rapporteur:Martina Dlabajová (Renew, Czechia)2021/0293(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Ivan Štefanec (EPP, Slovakia)
Josianne Cutajar (S&D, Malta)
Jordi Solé (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Elena Lizzi (ID, Italy)
Jessica Stegrud (ECR, Sweden)
Marisa Matias (The Left, Portugal)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and
Council on equal
footing – formerly
Completed: Decision (EU) 2022/2481, OJ L 323, 19.12.2022, p. 4–26

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