European institutions seek to bridge the digital divide

The first meeting between representatives from the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the EU Commission in 2021 was devoted to exploring the digital divide as one of the key socio-technological challenges. The meeting, which recognised digitalisation as one of the pillars to COVID-19 resilience, looked at the impact of the pandemic on the digitalisation and adopted a relevant working programme for 2021. ‘Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all seen an accelerated digitalisation in our daily lives. Digital technology has become imperative to ensure continuity in our working and private lives, be it through teleworking, home-schooling, e-commerce, e-health, e-government, digital democracy or digital entertainment,’ noted Chair of the Broadband Platform Michael Murphy.