03/05/21 Digital Compass

The Communication "2030 Digital Compass: the European way for the Digital Decade" (Digital Compass Communication from here on) was adopted in March 2021 and aims to set the vision for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. 

In the Digital Compass Communication,  education and skills are one of its four cardinal points for action, setting the goal of having 20 million employed ICT specialists in the EU by 2030. Despite the fact of it being only a Communication, the Digital Compass will be likely setting the course for the Commission's actions in this field for the years to come.

Linking up with the European Skills Agenda, the Communication highlights that digital skills will be essential to reinforce our collective resilience as a society and a prerequisite for the population to participate actively in the digital decade. The Communication also underlines that digital training and education should support a workforce in which people can acquire specialised digital skills to get quality jobs and rewarding careers and notes the consistent gender imbalance between men and women in ICT professionals and STEM Graduates. 

The Communication also mentions directly the digitalisation of businesses as another of its four cardinal points, setting the goals of having by 2030 75% of European enterprises having taken up cloud computing services, big data and Artificial Intelligence; more than 90% of European SMEs reaching at least a basic level of digital intensity; and Europe growing the pipeline of its innovative scale ups and improving their access to finance, leading to doubling the number of unicorns in Europe. This sector represents a vast business opportunity as, along with the adoption of the new technologies, businesses will have to upskill and re-skill their workforce to adapt to the new digital environment. 

The third cardinal point indicated in the Communication that could represent an important business opportunity is the digitalisation of public services. The Communication sets up the goal of having by 2030, among the other, 100% online provision of key public services available for European citizens and businesses. It is clear as, aside from the public service per se, there will need to be trained public personnel that will need to maintain the good status of the services and guide other people through its usage, making this point an advantageous business case.