Digital Agenda Digital Agenda

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 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).

News and Events News and Events

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.

Upcoming events

On 26-27 November 2014 the European Commission in cooperation with the Region of Lombardy organize a high level event on Innovation Procurement in Milan.

The event provides an opportunity to discuss with EC representatives about the available EU support for Pre–Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI)  in Horizon 2020 (H2020) and the possible synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds. Particpants will be able to learn from public procurers and companies about the latest new PCP and PPI experiences around Europe; and about new and on-going European projects doing cross-border PCPs and PPIs. The event provides an opportunity to meet other procurers and stakeholders preparing to apply to the 2015 H2020 work program that offer EC co-financing to groups of procurers to undertake jointly PCP and PPI procurements. Online registration and agenda is available through this link.

The European Commission is organising a networking event in Florence, Italy, on 9th and 10th October 2014 to promote European ICT Research & Innovation, focusing on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2015. Among other things the following topics will be presented:

Past events

For information on past events click here.

Background materials

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.

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.

Background material on the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE)