eHealth, eID wallet and other topics in the draft implementing decision for the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030

Until 13 March a European consultation is running regarding the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030, that the EDICs I wrote about today are part of.
The consultation is about a draft for a Commission implementing decision setting out key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the progress towards the digital targets established by Article 4(1) of the relevant decision:

Article 4 Digital targets
1. The European Parliament, the Council, the Commission and the Member States shall cooperate with a view to achieving the following digital targets in the Union by 2030 (the ‘digital targets’):
(1) a digitally skilled population and highly skilled digital professionals, with the aim of achieving gender balance, where:

(a) at least 80 % of those aged 16-74 have at least basic digital skills;
(b) at least 20 million ICT specialists are employed within the Union, while promoting the access of women to this field and increasing the number of ICT graduates; (…)

In the draft implementing decision several contentious issues are mentioned.

E-health records, eID wallet
Article 2 (1) mentions KPIs in regard to national e-health records and eID wallets:

(15) Access to e-health records, measured as: (i) the existence of a nationwide mechanism, for citizen online access to health data, such as a patient portal, or a patient mobile app with additional measures in place that enable certain categories of people (e.g. guardians for children, people with disabilities, elderly) to also access their data, and (ii) the percentage of individuals that have the ability to obtain or make use of their own minimum set of healthrelated data currently stored in public and private electronic health-record (EHR) systems.

(16) Access to eID measured as the number of Member States that have issued a wallet in accordance with the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as regards establishing a framework for a European Digital Identity9 . In the first 2 years, it will also be monitored based on the number of Member States that have notified at least one national eID scheme in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 910/2014.

Quantum computing, big data and artificial intelligence
Other KPIs concern quantum computing, big data and artificial intelligence:

(7) Quantum computing measured as the number of unique Union quantum computing hardware systems/services, as well as reporting on European technical leadership and European impact leadership. European quantum computing hardware system/services are hardware stack systems/services demonstrating quantum advantage (i.e., outperforming a non-quantum hardware system/service in the solution of the same problem) using an ad-hoc benchmark created for proof. European technical leadership is measured as the use of a widely adopted quantum volume benchmark for the largest quantum computing capacity. European impact leadership is measured as number of quantum algorithms and use cases created with clear impact orientation in basic science, applied science, industries, and the public sector. (…)

(9) Big data, measured as the percentage of enterprises analysing big data from any data source (internal or external) [6]. As of the 2024 report, big data will be measured by the percentage of enterprises performing data analytics (internally or externally).

[6] As defined in the Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1910 of 7 November 2019 implementing Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning Community statistics on the information society for reference year 2020 (Text with EEA relevance), and subsequent implementing regulations pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Text with EEA relevance), in particular Article 7(1) and Article 17(6) thereof.
(10) Artificial intelligence, measured as the percentage of enterprises using at least one artificial intelligence technology.

No KPIs on the protection of human beings against digital abuses
Unfortunately, KPIs on capacity of privacy authorities and their action against digital abuses are missing. One of the private persons already refers to this (source), passage blauw gemarkeerd:

Die Digitalziele, wie in Artikel 4 des Beschlusses (EU) 2022/2481 festgelegt, werden nur zu erreichen sein, wenn sie von der betroffenen Bevölkerung akzeptiert und unterstützt werden. Dies setzt einen wirksamen und nachvollziehbaren Schutz der Privatsphäre bei allen technischen und digitalen neuen Möglichkeiten voraus. Ohne inhärenten Datenschutz werden die Digitalziele nicht zu verwirklichen sein und wären auch nicht erstrebenswert. Daher sollten bei den KPIs auch entsprechende Messverfahren und Indikatoren für das Datenschutzniveau und dessen Durchsetzungsfähigkeit hinzugefügt werden.

Hopefully, there will be civil rights organisations that will point this out in their contribution to this consultation.


More information:

Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030: Decision (EU) 2022/2481 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2022 establishing the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030:

Consultation regarding a draft implementing decision “setting out key performance indicators to measure the progress towards the digital targets established by Article 4(1) of Decision (EU) 2022/2481“:

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