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Тhe European Commission has monitored Member States’ progress in digital and published annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) reports. The DESI Index ranks Member States according to  their level of digitalisation and analyses their relative progress over the last five years, considering their starting point.


The Data Governance Act is an important component of the European strategy for data, which aims to bolster the data economy. The aim is to set up robust mechanisms to facilitate the reuse of certain categories of protected public-sector data, increase trust in data intermediation services and foster data altruism across the EU.




Regulation (EU) 2022/868 of the European parliament and of the Council on European data governance (Data Governance Act)

The global data volume is growing very fast. Whereas cloud computing happens mostly in large data-centres today, by 2025 this trend will reverse: 80% of all data is expected to be processed in smart devices closer to the user, known as edge computing.

The availability of both edge and cloud computing is essential in a computing continuum to ensure that data is processed in the most efficient manner. Energy-efficient and trustworthy edge and cloud infrastructures will be fundamental for the sustainable use of edge and cloud computing technologies.

The Commission aims to enable access to secure, sustainable, and interoperable cloud infrastructures and services for European businesses

Staying connected is a vital part of our lives. We all share a desire to keep in contact with one another, no matter how far apart we are. This desire was even stronger during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many of us were kept apart from loved ones for a long time.


The EU’s goal is for Europe to be the most connected continent by 2030
2030 Digital Decade

The Commission has proposed a Declaration on digital rights and principles for a human-centred digital transformation.

Find the Communication, Declaration and Staff Working Document on European digital principles below.

Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles

The Commission is publishing for consultation the draft revised Guidelines on State aid for broadband networks (the ‘Broadband Guidelines’).

The public consultation is open from 19 November 2021 to 11 February 2022.

The revision aims to clarify the existing State aid rules and ensure they take account of the latest market and technological developments.

The proposed targeted revision of the Guidelines consist of:


The first multiannual work program of the Connecting Europe Facility - Digital Technologies has been published, setting out the financing, scope and objectives of the EU-supported actions needed to improve Europe's digital connectivity infrastructures.




The European Commission has adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive through grants and procurement a total of €1.98 billion in funding.



On November 5, 2021, the Annual Conference of the Bulgarian Association of Cable and Communication Operators (BACCO) was held under the motto "The Big Picture". At the event was discussed key elements in the development of the telecommunications industry, the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility and the goals and activities set in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for digitalization and connectivity, the development of e-governce and future actions of the National Regulatory Authority for the release of radio spectrum.

BCO 2021 Annual Conference

The event entitled "Working together for connectivity" took place online on October 26, 2021. The Annual Conference marked the BCO Network's five-year milestone and everything achieved in this period, working in the specialized Support Mechanism of the European Commission.

The participants reported the success and intensive activities of the Network with a large number of members and conducted over 55 specialized trainings on various topics in the field of connectivity.


Technical guidance on the climate proofing of infrastructure in the period 2021-2027 have been published in the Official Journal of the EU from 16.09.2021.



Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 establishes the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the period 2021 to 2027 and lays down the objectives of the CEF, its budget, the forms of European Union funding and the rules for providing such funding.


Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

The Еuropean Commission has adopted and published the Work Programme 2021-2022 for “Horizon Europe” Programme, “Digital, Industry and Space” cluster, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a €3.5 billion in funding for 2021-2022.



The Еuropean Commission has adopted and published the Work Programme 2021-2022 for “Horizon Europe” Programme, “Digital, Industry and Space” cluster

Regulation (EU) 2021/695 establishes Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021 to 2027. The budget for the seven-year period is over 86 billion euros to strengthen the EU's scientific and technological bases and to stimulate innovation, competitiveness and job creation in Europe.


Regulation (EU) 2021/694 establishes the Digital Europe Programme for the period 2021 to 2027 and lays down the objectives of the Programme, its budget, the forms of European Union funding and the rules for providing such funding. 


On 25 March 2021, the Member States, in close cooperation with the Commission, agreed on a Union-wide Connectivity Toolbox, pursuant to the Connectivity Recommendation of 18 September 2020. The Toolbox consists of a set of best practices that are considered as the most efficient in allowing and encouraging operators to roll out very high capacity networks.


Europe’s future is determined by the successful achievement of the digital and green transitions. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economy and society have underlined the crucial role of digital technologies for people andbusinesses. Digital technologies are critical to recover from the crisis, to ensure that everybody and everywhere can benefit from digital opportunities, to foster EU’s resilience and address the risks and dependencies on third countries, as well as to influence EU’s positioning on the global stage.


On February 9, 2021, was held a seminar of the Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network, at which representatives of the National Broadband Competence Office (BCO Bulgaria) were invited to share experience and good practices in promoting the initiative of the European Commission WiFi4EU developed under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to build free high-speed and high-quality wireless internet connection in public areas. 


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organize a  Roundtable on “The Telecommunications industry in the post-COVID-19 world”, to be held on 4 February 2021, 14.00-16.00 CET.

The objective of this Roundtable is to understand and further take stock on some of the changes and potential funding challenges within the telecommunications sector in the post-COVID-19 world, focusing on:

What are the new business and operating models required to connect everyone?


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