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).
Digital Agenda Toolbox
In the Online Section of the Digital Agenda Toolbox, there is both a downloadable version of the toolbox and links to specific subesections with more elaborate information on specific DAE themes.
Guidance on Ex ante Conditionalities for the European Structural and Investment Funds. This guide is is developed as support to geographical units to provide a framework for the assessment by the Commission of the consistency and adequacy of the information provided by Member States on the applicability and fulfilment of ex ante conditionalities. It is also made available to Member States in order to provide guidance in the development of Strategies and Operational Programmes.
REGISTRATION OPEN: The S3 platform together with DG CONNECT and the Regional Authority of Central Macedonia, Greece arranges a thematic event "Digital Innovation for Regional Growth", the 29 April 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece. For more information and registration click here.
DG CONNECT and IPTS organised a mutual learning workshop to train experts for assessing Regional Work with Digital growth strategies. The workshop took place on 4 April 2014 in Brussels. Read more.
Digital Growth Workshop, Seville (ES), 3-4 December 2013 The workhop addressed Digital Growth aspects of the RIS3 strategies. Read here.
Pilot workshop on priority setting and collaboration in RIS3 within the thematic area of ICT, Seville (ES), 9 April 2013. A pilot workshop on priority setting and collaboration within the thematic area of ICT. More info.