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.
Register now for our outreach event on Digital Growth and Smart Specialisation, 17-18 September 2014, in Lodz (Poland). Together with DG CONNECT and Lodzkie Region we present examples of how digital growth strategies are developed and interesting policy measures in different thematic areas. More information can be found here.
Seminar "Aligning regional investment to major enablers for future growth" is scheduled for the 24 September 2014 in Brussels. The agenda is dynamic, reflecting the interactive nature of the event, with possible changes based on your comments and feedback. One of the sessions will concentrate on gathering your views – and developing possible solutions - of the barriers and challenges which you/your region may have faced in using ESI funds. You are therefore welcome to send your suggestions by 5/9/2014 to Nancy Pascall (email@example.com) or directly through the event website; read more here.
For information on past events click here.
Assessment Grid for Evaluating Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth & Next Generation Network Plans: This assessment grid follows a step by step approach to evaluate Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth and Next Generation Network (NGN) plans. The steps presented here follow closely the structure of the RIS3 Guide, the guidance presented in the Digital Agenda Toolbox and the ex-ante conditionalities for European Structural and Investment Funds.