The European Commission approved the Operational Program (OP) “Digital Transformation” with a total budget of 913 million euros, which was designed in the framework of the NSRF 2021-2027, with the aim of “a smarter Europe through the promotion of innovative and smart economic transformation, as and regional digital connectivity”.
The Operational Program “Digital Transformation” will substantially contribute to the building of “Digital Greece” by promoting the economic transformation of the country, emphasizing the utilization and integration of cutting-edge technologies, but also serving the strategic choice to strengthen digital skills.
The OP “Digital Transformation” moves along three main strategic axes: The digital transformation of the Public Sector with a total budget of 400 million euros, the strengthening of digital connectivity with high-speed broadband access where an additional 400 million euros are planned to be allocated and the development of digital skills with funding of 113 million euros.
The objectives of the actions to be implemented within the OP “Digital Transformation” are:
– Providing citizens and businesses with innovative public digital services and applications, which will ensure the following principles: the protection of personal data, Accessibility and Universal design, so that they are friendly to all without exceptions and exclusions
– Ensuring the interoperability of digital systems and services, in order to further strengthen the Unified Digital Portal of the Government, gov.gr
– The development of digital platforms to support business activity
– The development of environmentally friendly high-availability cloud infrastructures and data centers
– The expansion of wireless access points and the completion of the Public Sector Network
– Ensuring ultra-high speed connectivity with the installation of optical fiber networks
– The strengthening of the “National Academy of Digital Skills” and the “National Alliance for Digital Skills and Employment” with the main objectives: Strengthening the digital skills of both public and private sector workers, as well as the general population, familiarization as a whole of citizens with digital services and the empowerment of employees of medium and high digital maturity, in matters of utilization and management of innovative digital technologies and cyber security.
It is worth noting that the reference point for the implementation of the OP “Digital Transformation” is the Digital Transformation Bible 2020-2025, where the guiding principles, the governance and implementation model, as well as the strategic axes of the digital transformation are captured.
The successful implementation of the OP “Digital Transformation” planning took place in the context of the cooperation of the Minister of State and Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis and the Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Yiannis Tsakiris, with the decisive contribution of the General Secretaries of Public Investments and NSRF Dimitris Skalkos and Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures Leonidas Christopoulou, who coordinated the Policy Drafting Group of the Ministry of Digital Governance.