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European Regions come together to create a digital single market in active and healthy ageing

74 European regions have been recognised as Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing for their...

Boosting SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors: European Commission and EIF launch a new guarantee scheme

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) today launched a EUR 121 million guarantee initiative to support SMEs in the...

IESI Call for Action for Mapping 2016 and Award

Call for Action for forward-looking policy-makers and social innovators to consolidate the Knowledge Map of ICT-Enabled Social Innovation in the...

European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

The meeting place for project promoters and investors

European Digital Progress Report: unequal progress towards the Digital Single Market

The European Commission has just released a report on digital progress in the EU. The analysis shows that Member States are at very different...
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The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)
DESI is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

EU eGovernment Report 2015
The eGovernment Benchmark report is the third edition of the measurement made according to the new eGovernment Benchmark Framework 2012-2015. This framework provides for the use of mystery shoppers, i.e. researchers that assess government websites and services by simulating citizen's journeys through them.

The European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) Project
This project aims at setting the general conceptual and methodological conditions for defining, identifying, analysing and monitoring the existence and progress of current and future poles of excellence. It has also developed a tool for benchmarking of ICT in regions on NUTS 3 level, the Atlas.

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE)
The DAE aims to help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. It is the first of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020. Launched in May 2010, the DAE contains 101 actions, grouped around seven priority areas.

Mobilise Europe
This guide is produced in order to give some advice and recommendations to regions in Europe in the field of mobile and mobile service industry. It should be seen as a way to get inspired but also as a way to create future policy recommendations in this field. This is the first edition of the guide.

Digital Agenda Scoreboard
This website presents a wealth of ICT-related indicators, including MS benchmarking on their progress towards achieving the targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE).

Digital Agenda Mid-term Review
The European Commission's updated seven priorities for the digital economy and society.These priorities follow a comprehensive policy review and place new emphasis on the most transformative elements of the original Digital Agenda.

ICT for Societal Challenges
This booklet, present the way ICT currently helps in addressing and solving societal challenges: a powerful mix of continuity and new initiatives that leads to concrete results through multidisciplinary solutions.

ERNACT@21 Final Report
This report contains the key conclusions from the ERNACT@21 event held to celebrate 21 years of committed Digital Agenda cooperation between regions. The event explored a number of current Digital Agenda issues and how a combination of territorial cooperation and Horizon 2020 can address the "Smart Specialisation" agenda.

Digital Growth Digital Growth

The European Commission's Digital Agenda forms one of the seven pillars of the Europe 2020 Strategy which sets objectives for the growth of the European Union (EU) by 2020. The Digital Agenda's main objective is to develop a digital single market in order to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe, and it is made up of seven pillars. Key in this is the work towards achieving the digital single market. In order to strengthen this objective and in line with one of the ten priorities from the President Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission published a specific Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (DSM) in May 2015. The DSM aims to create the possibilities for the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital and where citizens and businesses can seamlessly and fairly access online goods and services.

ICT is an important driver for growth, both as a sector, but also as an enabler of other sectors. ICT is also a key component and enabler for public sector modernisation. However, to succeed with strategies for digital growth, just investing in ICT is not sufficient. The investment needs to go hand in hand with capacity building, skills development, simplification of existing processes, securing adequate infrastructures, supporting new start-ups and digitisation among existing industry.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) can be an important source for investing in Digital Growth in EU regions and Member States (MS). The development of a chapter for digital growth within their Smart Specialisation Strategy (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 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.

European Commission (2015), A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, COM(2015) 192 final
European Commission (2010 ), A Digtal Agenda for Europe, COM/2010/0245
REGULATION (EU) No 1303/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, laying down common provisions on the ERDF, the ESF, the CF, the EAFRD and the EMFF and laying down general provisions ..., Official Journal of the European Union, L 347/320

Events Events

2016 EU Innovation Procurement event

It is the second major event organised by the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) initiative, launched by the EC to mainstream, promote...

Innovation procurement workshop for public administration / e-government sector - Barcelona - 31 May 2016

Interested in training or assistance on how to apply innovation procurement in e-government / public administration? Don't miss the Barcelona workshop...

Innovation procurement workshop for the environment sector - Rome - 4 May 2016

Need some training or assistance on how to use innovation procurement in the environment sector? Attend the Rome workshop organised by the European...

Active and Assisted Living - International conference in Rome – “ICT4AWE 2016”

The Active and Assisted Living Programme, in cooperation with the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, will organize a workshop in Rome within the...

The Startup Europe week

100-200 meetups are planned to be broadcasted across European regions; with the aim to bring regional officers, entrepreneurs and local leaders to inform...
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Publications Publications

Enhancing Access to, and the Use and Quality of ICT

DG REGIO (Ana-Paula Laissy)
Member States that are providing investments into ICT through ESIF funds are obliged to develop a specific Strategy Policy Framework for Digital Growth if...

Mapping EU investments in ICT - description of an online tool and initial observations

Jens Sörvik and Alexander Kleibrink
This report describes how the ICT monitoring tool works, how it was developed and makes an initial analysis of planned ESIF investments in ICT using the...

Assessment of strategies for ICT investments using European Structural and Investment Funds: reflections from experts and practical examples

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Jens Sörvik
DG Connect and DG JRC have been supporting MSs and regions in fostering the ICT dimension of planned investments under ESIF. As part of this activity,...

Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation

This guide is addressed to national, regional and local stakeholders interested in promoting regional innovation and competitiveness through the use of...

Quality of public administration

European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
A toolbox for practitioners : abridged version
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