Yesterday, the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission signed the European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade. The Declaration — which has been in the works since early 2022 — sets out principles for shaping the European digital space in the years to come. The Declaration calls for “promoting interoperability, transparency, open technologies and standards as a way to further strengthen trust in technology as well as consumers’ ability to make autonomous and informed choices” and seeks to “foster participation in the digital public space.”
To help with achieving these ambitious and much-needed objectives, today we are publishing a public draft of a white paper proposing a European Public Digital Infrastructure Fund aimed at building Digital Public Spaces in Europe. The draft whitepaper builds on our previous work on Digital Public Space which we have undertaken together with our partners in the Shared Digital European Digital Sphere coalition. It is based on the observation that there is increasing momentum for supporting public digital infrastructures and that there is a clear opportunity for consolidating the various efforts on the European level.
We are publishing the whitepaper as a public draft for comments and feedback from all interested stakeholders today. The deadline for comments is 27 January 2023, and we plan to release the final version of the paper shortly thereafter. You can also send comments and feedback directly to the author of the white paper at firstname.lastname@example.org.