DIGITAL DECADE

“ The pandemic has exposed how crucial digital technologies and skills are to work, study and engage – and where we need to get better. We must now make this Europe’s Digital Decade so that all citizens and businesses can access the very best the digital world can offer. Today’s Digital Compass gives us a clear view of how to get there. ”

- Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

“ As a continent, Europe has to ensure that its citizens and businesses have access to a choice of state-of-the-art technologies that will make their life better, safer, and even greener – provided they also have the skills to use them. In the post pandemic world, this is how we will shape together a resilient and digitally sovereign Europe. This is Europe's Digital Decade. ”

- Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market

On 9 March 2021, the Commission presented a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This vision for the EU's digital decade evolves around four cardinal points: skills, government, infrastructures, Business.





NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS

“ The New European Bauhaus is about how we live together, our values, our common spaces of work and leisure, our collective and private experiences. This is a project for all regions and territories in Europe. In promoting affordable solutions, it should contribute to social cohesion and to solving housing problems. If we want to bring real change around us – for a more beautiful, sustainable life together, we need to think about how the New European Bauhaus can bridge the generation of new ideas with implementation in physical places. We are therefore exploring across the Commission how our tools could be mobilised to launch a first set of concrete New European Bauhaus actions. ”

- Elisa Ferreira,Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

The European Commission has launched the New European Bauhaus initiative as an environmental, economic and cultural project to help deliver the European Green Deal and support the transformation of Europe following the Covid-19 pandemic. Inspired by the original Bauhaus design movement that was the offshoot of an educational project, the Commission's initiative is intended to address contemporary and future ecological, economic and societal concerns. Still in its early stages, the New European Bauhaus is in an exploratory phase of 'co- design', collecting existing contemporary design examples to inspire further developments: to explore how to live better together; to make the Green Deal a positive, tangible experience, for people; to connect people from different professions and backgrounds and weave different the perspectives and cultures; to move beyond “forms follow function”, factoring in the planet and social purposes ;to support the development of lead markets in sustainability; to make EU think and deliver “out of the box”.





EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

“ The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy. It will help us cut emissions while creating jobs. ”

- Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

“ We propose a green and inclusive transition to help improve people’s well-being and secure a healthy planet for generations to come. ”

- Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

The European Green Deal is about improving the well-being of people. Making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for people, planet and economy. No one will be left behind. The EU will:
- Become climate-neutral by 2050
- Protect human life, animals and plants, by cutting pollution
- Help companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies
- Help ensure a just and inclusive transition





EUROPEAN SKILLS AGENDA

“ This unprecedented crisis needs an unprecedented answer. One that will serve us today and for many years to come. Today, the European Commission calls on EU Member States to invest in skills. The billions of EU funding put forward in the EU Recovery Plan and future long-term EU budget provide a unique opportunity to do so. We already know that skills are what allow people and our economies to thrive. Now, it is time to join hands and unlock a skills revolution, leaving nobody behin. ”

- Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life

The European Commission launched the European Skills Agenda (on the 1st June 2020). The European Skills Agenda is a five-year plan to help individuals and businesses develop more and better skills. It defines 12 actions for up-skilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) for the coming five years.





FARM TO FORK

“ I want to underline this – without our farmers we will not attain our sustainability goals and we need to find a Common Agricultural Policy that supports this and that also leads to fair competition for our farmers, also internationally. We need to make sure that we put sustainable food on the table. We need to make sure that we put farmers in a position where they can maintain our rural areas and they can have a constructive relationship between the rural areas and the more metropolitan areas in the European Union. We cannot do this without the farmers. ”

- Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

Last 20th of May 2020, the European Commission launched its Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to drive more sustainable food consumption and production in the EU. As part of its 2050 climate-neutral Green Deal strategy, the Commission presented its outline for the Farm to fork strategy and included 27 measures to shape more sustainable food chains.





NEXT GENERATION EU

“ The Recovery and Resilience Facility is at the very heart of NextGenerationEU. It is our key tool to turn the immediate challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic into a long-term opportunity. Member States need clear guidance to ensure the Facility's €672 billion is invested both for Europe's immediate economic recovery, but also for long-term sustainable and inclusive growth. Today, we are presenting this guidance and stand ready to support Member States in developing their national strategies. ”

- Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.





EUROPEAN EDUCATION AREA

“ The European Education Area and the Digital Education Action Plan are both essential for European recovery and future growth. They set out a common vision of the future of education linked to our commitments towards the digital and green transitions. We now need to focus on implementation and on creating synergies between them. ”

- Mariya Gabriel,Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

On 30 September 2020, the European Commission published two new communications, each aimed at boosting support for educators and learners within and across countries. The European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, which forseen more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU’s rich education and training offer. The Digital Education Action Plan outlines the European Commission’s vision for high-quality, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe.