The European Commission has proposed the creation of the first ever Digital Europe programme, which would invest €9.2 billion to align the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027 with increasing digital challenges.

Digital Innovation Hubs will play an important role in this programme to stimulate in particular the uptake of Artificial Intelligence, HPC and Cybersecurity by all industry and public sector organisations in Europe.

Digital Innovation Hubs will have both a local and European functioning, and therefore Member States will be expected to co-invest and participate in selection process of DIHs funded under Digital Europe.

This new meeting of the Working Group on DIHs will further enhance DIH collaboration and strengthen the European DIH network. The meeting will focus on the role and funding of hubs within Digital Europe, aiming to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders on the plans for future funding of DIHs under the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, in particular the Digital Europe Programme
  • Discuss what needs to be done in preparation for the new programme, with a special focus on fostering collaboration between DIHs