The Europe 2020 strategy has recognised the enormous potential and enabling role of ICT and made the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) one of its seven flagships. Its aim is to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth through the realisation of the digital single market and the exploitation of the potentials for innovation of fast and ultra-fast internet and interoperable services and applications.
The development of a chapter for digital growth within their RIS3 will enable regions to identify the priorities for ICT investment relevant to their specific territory, balancing the needs between offer and demand for ICT infrastructure, applications and services. ICT uptake and innovative applications indeed can play a crucial role in the context of the RIS3 priority setting exercise and the identification of future areas of specialisation.
The S3 Platform, together with DG CONNECT and in co-operation with DG REGIO, is going to integrate the DAE perspectives and challenges into its activities in 2013 and onwards. The aim of this initiative is to provide support to national and regional policy makers to successfully develop and implement ICT-based innovation in their RIS3 and related EU cohesion policy operational programmes (OP).
This portal presents the S3 Platform's work with ICT issues and provides documents and links to guiding material for regions developing digital growth strategies, as well as information about upcoming events.
In the Online Section of the Digital Agenda Toolbox, there is both a downloadable version of the Digital Agenda Toolbox, and also links to a large number of specific sub sections with information on specific DAE themes.
If your region/country is registered to the Platform and wishes to actively participate in DAE/ICT-related activities, please contact the S3 Platform at firstname.lastname@example.org specifying your interests. Potential activities are:
- Discuss DAE/ICT-related subjects (please specify) in thematic workshops;
- Have the DAE components of your RIS3 peer-reviewed at specifically focused peer review workshops;
- Have an independent expert informally assessing the DAE components of your RIS3 and (if appropriate) the related sections of your draft OP in the second part of 2013 (we can assist a sample of 20 countries/regions on the basis on the requests we receive).
Connecting Europe Facility: EUR 17 million available to improve European digital services. The European Union launched today a call for proposals (17 November 2015 - 15 March 2016 ) under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) making nearly EUR 17 million of EU funding available for the deployment of European digital service infrastructures (DSIs). The applicants from all EU countries, Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals through the call open in the areas of eProcurement, eHealth, eIdentification and Online Dispute Resolution.
Public consultation on Europe's needs for Internet speed and quality beyond 2020. The purpose of this public consultation is to assess and understand Europe's connectivity needs better with a view to developing public policy to accompany the deployment of adequate and future-proof connectivity networks. This public consultation will run until 7 December 2015. It is addressed to everyone (citizens, businesses, NGOs, public authorities, etc.) and every sector.
The online survey on the new eGovernment Action Plan, open for contributions until January 2016
Six innovation centers selected as ARISE Europe cooperation partners of EIT Digital in Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia and Greece. This an important step towards closing the innovation divide in Europe.
The new Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) has opened its first CfP to support SMEs in building a business around open data.
31 cities agree to use EU-funded open innovation platform for better smart cities' services
16-17 November, Brussels, The B-Day: Broadband 2020 and beyond. This conference focuses on what is at present available in terms of broadband infrastructures; what is needed in order to ensure optimal use of digital applications in the future; regulatory frameworks to safeguard rights and obligations as well as privacy; and last but not least, financial instruments to provide the necessary investment needed to achieve required digital infrastructures. The conference will discuss and aim to give answers to questions such as whether regulation is a challenge or an enabler in broadband deployment and how are the tools available going to make a difference.
17 - 19 November, Montpellier - DigiWorld Summit
24 November, Manchester -The first EAFIP workshop on Health and Elderly Care Sector Procurers. Through this official European Commission initiative, EAFIP will provide support to EU public procurers in the design and implementation of innovation procurement of ICT solutions in the healthcare sector.
2 December, Brussels, High-level conference on the digital transformation of industries and enterprises - This conference aims to convene leading business people, academics, and politicians to take stock and discuss EU-level measures to speed-up the digital transformation of European industries and enterprises.
9-10 December 2015, Brussels - Accelerating market uptake of innovation for active and healthy ageing across Europe, the 4th Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
10 December, Brussels - Workshop: financing possibilities for Key Enabling Technologies & Digital Transformation projects under the Investment Plan. This workshop is aimed at private as well as public stakeholders involved in KETs and digital transformation and will be an occasion to get a better understanding about practical ways and tools to participate in the Investment Plan. Interested participants will also have a possibility for a bilateral meeting with the EIB experts (please flag your interest during the registration process).
1-5 february 2016 - The Startup Europe week, 100-200 meetups are planned to be broadcasted accross European regions; with the aim to bring regional officers, entrepreneurs and local leaders to inform about EU and local support for startups. The idea behind is to map all available resources and support for startups at local level.