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The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp) provides a common understanding of what digital competence is.  

"…the confident, critical and responsible use of, and engagement with, digital technologies for learning, at work, and for participation in society. It is defined as a combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes.” (Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Life-long Learning, 2018).

DigComp competence areas

DigComp also provides a basis for framing digital skills policy.

The DigComp project is carried out by the Joint Research Centre on behalf of the European Commission. It began in 2010 and, since then, awareness has steadily grown among Member States of DigComp as the EU-wide framework for developing and measuring digital competence. DigComp has remained central to EU objectives of enhancing digital skills of the whole population. DigComp is an important tool to support the EU’s Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, which in turn contributes to the Commission’s priority ‘A Europe fit for the Digital Age’ and to Next Generation EU. DigComp is used for multiple purposes in the contexts of employment, education and training, and social inclusion (see DigComp Implementation Guides for concrete examples).

Being digitally competent – a task for the 21st-century citizen

DigComp 2.2 is available (March 22 2022)

  • The integrated DigComp 2.2 framework provides more than 250 new examples of knowledge, skills and attitudes that help citizens engage confidently, critically and safely with digital technologies, and new and emerging ones such as systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
  • The second part of the publication gives a snapshot of the existing reference material for DigComp consolidating previously released publications and references.
  • The annexes include a specific appendix on Citizens interacting with AI systems and on Remote/Hybrid work. Annex 4 is made available following the digital accessibility guidelines as creating accessible digital resources is an important priority today.

To join DigComp-related Communities of Practice (CoPs):

There are two CoPs to support implementation of DigComp in Member States – the DigComp CoP and the Digital Skills Certification CoP.

Both of these are hosted by All Digital, which offers different interest points on DigComp from policy, research, education and training to employability and human resources development, inclusion projects and others.

To go to the CoPs pages of All Digital, search for all digital communities of practice.

The CoPs are free and open to all stakeholders to join.