Europe’s digital future: what to expect in the next 10 years

MAYORS OF EUROPE BLOG

The term “Digital decade” has been recently presented by European Commission with the goal of transforming Europe digitally in order to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy by 2030.

The basic idea is to have a high percentage of digitally skilled citizens (at least 80% of the EU citizens) but to also have many highly skilled digital professionals with more women in this sector. We have recently seen a few examples of cities who are working hard on gender equality in ICT sector – one example is Barcelona with their three-year roadmap and a budget of two million euros.

Also, a 10-years goal is to have three out of four companies using computing services, big data and AI. More than 90% of SMEs should reach at least a basic level of digital intensity, while the number of EU unicorns should double.

Probably the most challenging task which is put in front of us is the digitalisation of public services. All the most important public services should be available online so that citizens can reach, for example, their e-medical records in no time and without visiting the doctor.

All in all, “Digital decade” is probably something that should have happened prior to the pandemic, but the last year proved to everyone that we are fast learners and can adapt rapidly to new challenges, such as executing online everything we were used to do offline. Let’s all benefit from this upcoming decade and improve our skills with the main goal of making our lives better, time consuming but also greener. Digital technology can help cut global emissions and it will also significantly reduce society’s environmental footprint, for example by optimising energy usage in many sectors such as agriculture, transport, manufacturing or city planning and services.

 

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