Digital Europe Programme is the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.
Worth €7,6 billion (in current prices), the Programme is a part of the next long-term EU budget, (the Multiannual Financial Framework), and it covers 2021 to 2027. It will provide funding for projects in five crucial areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.
The Programme is fine-tuned to fill the gap between the research of digital technologies and their deployment, and to bring the results of research to the market – for the benefit of Europe’s citizens and businesses, and in particular SMEs. Investments under the Digital Europe programme supports the Union’s twin objectives of a green transition and digital transformation and strengthens the Union’s resilience and strategic autonomy.
The objective is to increase the easy availability, quality and usability of public sector information in compliance with the requirement of the Open Data Directive, in order to boost the re-use and combination of open public data across the EU for the development of information products and services, including AI applications.
High Value Datasets held by the public sector will be available via APIs in a machine-readable format for the creation of data products and services and for their use by the participants in the common European data spaces. This will help more companies, in particular SMEs, start-ups, as well as public organisations to use cross-EU data to scale up and offer EU-wide services, benefiting from the size of the EU’s digital market. The easy availability of machine-readable data in bulk or via APIs will also greatly facilitate machine learning based on public data, especially in the data-demanding areas such as climate change, pollution or weather predictions.
The Open Data infrastructure will continue to facilitate and improve access and re-use by the private and public sectors of the datasets generated by European public administrations.
Grants will support public administrations at local, regional and national level in increasing semantic, technical and legal interoperability and data portability of the High Value Datasets (HVDs) identified by the forthcoming corresponding implementing act and selected in specific categories to the Open Data Directive namely: Geospatial, Earth observation and environment, Meteorological, Statistics, Companies and company ownership, Mobility. In addition, the applicable data sharing rules for selected HVDs belonging to Geospatial, Earth observation and environment, Meteorological domains will complement the provisions of the Directive on Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) and further support Green Deal related initiatives.
After grant signature, you will normally receive a prefinancing to start working on the project (float of normally 50% of the maximum grant amount; exceptionally less or no prefinancing). The prefinancing will be paid 30 days from entry into force/10 days before starting date/financial guarantee (if required) – whichever is the latest.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
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