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.
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:
- (i) discussing DAE/ICT-related subjects (please specify) in thematic workshops;
- (ii) having the DAE components of your RIS3 peer-reviewed at specifically focused peer review workshops;
- (iii) having 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).
The Digital Agenda Toolbox provides support to regional and national authorities to develop a thorough understanding of the digital growth potential stemming from the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). It highlights the opportunities Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entails as a key element in their national or regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and related Operational Programmes (OPs). At the same time, this Toolbox provides guidance for the fulfilment of the DAE-related ex-ante conditionalities that will form the basis for using European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) for ICT investments. It thus complements the RIS3 Guide and other related policy documents such as the Guide on Broadband Investment. The Toolbox furthermore provides hands-on assistance for developing a strategic policy framework for digital growth by discussing the do's and don'ts of the process and giving examples of good practises.
Strategies for digital growth can build on an ICT-specific policy framework that encompasses one or several documents and also incorporates related prior policies. Such a framework can be a standalone document or may be incorporated in broader research and innovation strategies. Regardless of which option is chosen, this Toolbox provides guidance on how to design a policy framework to reinforce competitiveness, improve social, economic and territorial cohesion while contributing to the objectives set out within the Digital Agenda for Europe, and the National Reform Programmes where applicable.
The Toolbox is the outcome of joint activities between the Smart Specialisation Platform of the Joint Research Centre, DG CNECT and DG REGIO. It is currently in the publication process.
ICT as enabler
ICT as specialisation
Policy measures to support ICT innovation