2021, the European Commission presented its goals and targets for a digital
transformation of Europe by 2030 (see DSV-News 08/22). The European Commission proposes several
digital principles in its Legislative Proposal. A governance framework to monitor progress is
also to be fixed. A digital compass should also help to specifically implement
the EU's digital goals for 2030. Already in her State of the Union 2020 speech,
the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Member States
to show more leadership in digitisation on a global scale.
Industry and business are in demand
specific terms, there is a need for a rapid nationwide expansion of the digital
infrastructure, especially in the areas of cloud and 5G. Some groups from the
European Parliament wanted European funds, for example from the EU
Reconstruction Fund, to be used for the expansion of European digitisation. The
creation of a single digital market is to be advanced by the programme and more
clarity in data protection is to be created.
Negotiations on the fly
Parliament, the legislative dossier was assigned to the Industry, Research and
Energy Committee (ITRE). Rapporteur Martina Dlabajova (renew/CZ) published her
draft report in March 2022. Thereafter, the European Council and the European
Parliament were already able to reach an agreement in only two
inter-institutional trialogue negotiations in the summer. The final text was adopted on 24 November in the plenary of
the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Once the European Council has agreed to
the legislative proposal, it will enter into force on the 20th day following
its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
Protection of workers
agreement also includes a passage on the rights of citizens and workers for
equal access to health, sickness and social security systems. These should
continue to be maintained and protected. No one should be denied access to
social systems, health and care services in the EU because of their medical
history, financial status or lack of digital infrastructure.
is now the turn of Member States to ensure the promotion of digital skills by
their workers through quality education and training. In order to adapt to the
ever-changing world of work, special attention must be paid to the needs of
those who will soon reach retirement age or other disadvantaged groups, such as
women or the disabled.