EUROPE 2030:
A DIGITAL POWERHOUSE

A competitive Europe

The Single Market is the beating heart of EU integration. Fifty-six million jobs in the EU depend on it. Yet, it remains a work in progress. We should favour a European approach to regulation and implementation, not 27 different ones, in order to make compliance as easy as possible.

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One market, one set of digital rules – putting the Single Market back at the heart of the EU project

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Take stock and streamline EU data rules

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Agile policymaking through compulsory regulatory sandboxing

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A new SME strategy and one-stop shops for regulatory questions

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A Commission measured by new KPIs on digital transformation and ease of doing business

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A digital finance action plan

75% of EU companies should use cloud computing services, big data, and AI

The EU should double the number of unicorns

Business reporting obligations should be cut by 50%

The EU should account for 20% of the biggest tech companies by earnings 

There should be the same amount of legislation as there is today, with the one-in, one-out principle strictly enforced

30% of European SMEs that operate online should trade across at least one European border 

A Sustainable and Healthy Europe

Europe has set an ambitious target of reducing its emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and is transitioning to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient, circular, and sustainable economy.

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Adopt green digital transformation strategies in key economic sectors

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A ‘Twin Transition Fund’ to coordinate investments in transformative green technologies

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Create a green & circular single market and take advantage of digital tools like the Digital Product Passport

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A new health strategy with digital and data at its core

85% of EU companies should use ICT to reduce their environmental footprint

The EU should boost the collection rate of electronic waste to 70%

75% of EU companies should use cloud computing services, big data, and AI 

Business reporting obligations should be cut by 50%

100% of key public services are available online for European citizens and businesses, including medical records

A secure and innovative digital Europe

Europe cannot afford to fall behind in investment in technology. Our resilience relies on access on the latest digital tools, and investing in technologies like cybersecurity, AI, and quantum computing.

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Mandatory cyber check for all legislation, boosting the role of ENISA

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Public and private cooperation on cyber to keep us safe and cut the skills gap

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A 25% digital target for all EU and NATO funds and simplified procurement processes

The EU should double the number of unicorns

We should cut the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the EU to zero

European countries should be spending 3% of their GDP on Research & Innovation

50% of citizens should have ‘above basic level’ digital skills, rising to 100% for under 30 year olds

A global Europe

Global trade is essential for Europe’s growth, jobs, and competitiveness. According to Commission estimates, 85% of future GDP growth will come from outside of Europe.

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Strengthen transatlantic relations and build a wider network of digital partners

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Renewed focus on global standards, starting with AI

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Secure and diversify our supply chains and build our digital resilience

Foreign direct investment from outside the EU should double to €15 billion

The EU should account for 20% of the biggest tech companies by earnings

The EU should boost its share of digitally delivered exports to 40%

A Digital European Society

Europe needs digital skills to create the foundations for success and build a more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society.

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A 5G connectivity framework fit for 6G rollout

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Fully online public services and digital IDs

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A European Skills Passport and digital competency classes for all

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New programmes to attract and retain tech talent

90% of EU citizens are using online financial services

50% of citizens should have ‘above basic level’ digital skills, rising to 100% for under 30 year olds

100% of key public services are available online for European citizens and businesses, including medical records

Everyone should enjoy gigabit internet, everywhere, and 100% 5G coverage, eliminating the digital divide

More than 90% of SMEs should reach at least a basic level of digital intensity