European Parliament and Council of the EU reach agreement on Digital Europe programme

On 13 February, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a provisional political agreement on the first-ever Digital Europe programme for 2021 to 2027. The programme will invest in five key digital sectors: high performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and trust, advanced digital skills and fostering a digital Europe — ensuring the wide use and deployment of digital technologies across the economy and society. The purpose of the programme is to focus on areas where EU Member States cannot succeed by themselves, and to maximise the effectiveness and impact of public spending. The total budget for this is €9.2 billion over seven years. This programme is part of the broader Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 negotiations which are expected to be finalised in autumn 2019.

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