Minister Altmaier: “Digital Europe programme provides €7.6 billion for digital technologies”

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Today, the EU Member States confirmed that political agreement has been achieved with the European Parliament on the Regulation underpinning the new Digital Europe programme. The decision was taken by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) of the EU Member States at their meeting in Brussels today. The agreement came after the compromise reached in the trilogue negotiations on Monday.

Said Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier: “I am delighted that we have been able to see the substance of this dossier through during the German Council Presidency. The Digital Europe programme is a key element for building and strengthening digital capacities and skills in Europe. Under the programme, €7.6 billion will be made available for testing and implementing digital technologies for businesses and for the public sector. In this way, we are strengthening Europe’s digital sovereignty and creating additional momentum for economic recovery post COVID-19. The programme is due to launch at the beginning of 2021.”

The Digital Europe programme is designed to promote the digital transformation in Europe. It is designed to support the private and public sectors as they test and implement digital technologies, and to strengthen digital capacities across five central areas: high-speed computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, advanced digital skills, and the broad use of digital technology in all fields of business and in society as a whole. A total sum of approx. €7.6 billion has been earmarked for this over the next seven years. The EU funding will be targeted on those fields of investment that are too large to be taken care of by the EU Member States on their own.

The final legal text is yet to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.