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Horizon 2020 is the previous Funding Programme. There are no longer calls, but projects can run until 2024.

Digital Europe

Digital Europe is a Funding Programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and administrations.

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Specific Objective 2


Artificial intelligence, data & cloud

Unleashing the potential of data through innovative secure and energy efficient cloud to edge technology and trustful AI technologies is of strategical importance for Europe.

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Marie Timmermann

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About the programme

Special Objective 2 of Digital Europe aims to reinforce the EU’s core Artificial Intelligence (AI) capacities as a crucial driver for the digital transformation of businesses and public administrations. As data fuels the development of AI, Digital Europe also aims to set up sectoral European data spaces with the aim of achieving a European data economy in the future. Digital Europe will also facilitate safe access to and storage of large datasets and trustworthy and energy-efficient cloud infrastructure. In addition, Digital Europe will strengthen and support existing artificial intelligence testing and experimentation facilities in different sectors.

Three main interlinked work strands are foreseen in the first two years of implementation of the Digital Europe Programme:

  • The deployment of cloud-to-edge infrastructure and services compliant with EU rules, notably on security, data protection and privacy and environmental aspects. Open-source by default, they will ensure fluid data flows. Completing the picture, the deployment of the Testing and Experimentation Facility for edge-AI as a role model in showing effective ways to comply with existing legislation, and taking into account relevant codes of conduct and guidelines.
  • The establishment of sectoral data spaces, based on the above federated cloud-to-edge infrastructure and with tailored governance mechanisms to enable secure and cross-border access to key datasets in the targeted thematic areas, such as Green Deal, smart communities, mobility, manufacturing, agriculture, cultural heritage, health, media, skills, language technologies, and tourism. A Data Spaces Support Centre coordinates the various initiatives to ensure that data will be accessible across different sectors.
  • The deployment of sectoral AI reference testing and experimentation facilities (for health, smart communities, manufacturing, and agriculture) to provide common, highly specialised resources to be shared at European level. In addition, the AI-on-demand platform will be consolidated as a catalogue of AI-based resources and marketplace, for trustworthy AI tools made in Europe for both private and public sector use. Digital Europe also supports the implementation of the future AI Act.
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