Following a recent provisional agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament on the EU’s next seven-year budget, 20% of the outlay has been dedicated to ‘digital.’ Where the bloc’s priorities lie in this broad field, however, is still up for debate.
In this context, the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the continent, with millions of Europeans confined to working from home and staying in touch with loved ones remotely.
This has resulted in a seismic shift to a vastly greater uptake on digital tools and technologies among all generations and walks of life. The question of ensuring Europe’s future connectivity has never been greater.
This event report examines the importance of Europe’s connectivity in the current context and probes the ways in which the public sector can support the critical needs of society at a time when the resilience and effectiveness of Europe’s key technologies are paramount.