As part of her state of the union speech in September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that the EU’s recovery fund, the so-called ‘Next Generation EU’ outlay, should be spent on digital projects by member states.
Questions have now arisen in Brussels as to where that money would be best directed. In this event report sponsored by trade association Digital Europe, EURACTIV examines some of the most popular ideas on the table.
The incoming Portuguese Presidency of the EU says that one of its priorities for its six-month stint chairing the EU Council is to foster the uptake of digital tools for governments across the bloc and that 'significant' funds from the EU's recovery package should be allocated to this field.
Increasing digital skills, broadening the availability of the bloc's eGovernment services, and bridging Europe's connectivity divides are areas that should be at the forefront of policymakers' minds in the EU's resilience against the ongoing public health crisis, Hilary Mine told EURACTIV.
If there is any – tragic – merit in the hard lessons of the COVID-19 crisis, it is that the pandemic has forced us to face the most pressing issues of our society, and to finally take action.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl is …