The EU’s digital strategy


The EU’s digital strategy

20 February 2020

Regulatory News Alert

Context and objectives

On 19 February 2020, the EU Commission published its new EU digital strategy. It represents the first series of proposals to boost Europe’s digital transformation.

This strategic package must at the same time create new perspectives for European businesses, develop reliable technology for a democratic society, and contribute to the fight against climate change. The objective of the European Commission is to use the opportunity of digitalization as a key enabler to fighting climate change and achieving the green transition.

The proposed strategy covers diverse areas such as cybersecurity, digital training, critical infrastructure, democracy, and finance.

Over the next five years, the Commission will focus on three key objectives in digital:

  • Technology that works for people
  • A fair and competitive economy
  • An open, democratic and sustainable society.

New policies and frameworks will enable Europe to deploy cutting-edge digital technologies and strengthen its cybersecurity capacities.

The Commission also presented a whitepaper on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The goal of this paper is to accelerate deployment of AI and to reduce the risk of AI applications by envisaging a labelling scheme.

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Next steps

Later this year, the Commission will present further measures, such as a Digital Services Act to establish clear rules for all businesses to access the Single Market, to strengthen the responsibility of online platforms, and to protect fundamental rights.

It will also propose a review of the eIDAS regulation, allowing for a secure electronic identity that puts people in control of the data they share online. Furthermore, the EU will put a strong emphasis on cybersecurity by promoting cooperation through a Joint Cyber Unit that protects critical European infrastructure and strengthens the cybersecurity single market. 

Finally, Europe will continue to build alliances with global partners, leveraging its regulatory power, capacity building, diplomacy, and finance to promote the European digitalization model internationally.

The Commission intends to present a final project of its strategy by the end of the year once it has received the reactions of the various players concerned by its first proposals.


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