Digital Innovation Network
DIGINNO
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.3 Non-technological innovation

DIGINNO

Through faster and more efficient uptake of digital solutions in public and private sectors, the project DIGINNO helped to accelerate the Baltic Sea region’s transition to a single digital market.
The challenge

As the digital economy and a digital single market are seen as drivers of innovation, competitiveness and growth, there is a need to accelerate the integration of ICT solutions. Even if the countries across the Baltic Sea region are frontrunners in many aspects of digital economy, more needs to be done in terms of enhancing and balancing digital economy development in the region.

To address the challenge, the project DIGINNO focused on facilitating digital single market related to policy discussions. The aim was to develop a strong cross-sectoral industry digitalisation community and engage associations, universities, public authorities and sectors to better understand each-others challenges and find common solutions. The project hads chosen a government-to-business approach and focused on how governments and their policy approach can support more digitalisation.

The project aimed to increase the capacity of policymakers, industry associations and industrial small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enable faster and more efficient uptake of digital solutions both in public and private sectors. The point of departure was that the challenges can be tackled through strengthening the macro-regional knowledge base, exchange of experience and peer-to-peer learning, designing and piloting transnational digital solutions and conducting policy and regulatory dialogue.

Budgets

DIGINNO
in numbers
  • 3.50
    Million
    Total
  • 2.75
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.05
    Million
    Norway

Achievements

Mapping the status on digitalisation potential in the region

The project DIGINNO focused on common challenges in the Baltic Sea region in the context of digitalisation, such as uptake of ICT in the business sector, the innovation of public services and cooperation of digital policies on the macro-regional level. The partners analysed digital potential and mapped sector activities for industry digitalisation. The project partners from 10 countries and additional external stakeholders established an informal digital policy network. The project addressed policy aspects as an integrated part of developing concrete tools, e.g. how policies may turn into challenges for the target groups but also enable new solutions across borders. The analysis covered the need for concrete policy solutions to enable well-functioning digital transformation for SMEs and smooth cross-border transactions. Such support included for example further development regarding data interchange, know-your-customer-approach and e-receipts.

 

Aligning digital approaches

The toolkit starts from digitalisation examples. It refers to challenges, country-specific information and a self-assessment tool to evaluate the level of digitalisation and to support identifying gaps. Beyond developing tools, the cooperation in working groups, seminars or other means of exchange has contributed to an increased institutional capacity of partners and external stakeholders on industry and government levels. A more harmonised digital policy mindset and increased awareness of the potential of aligning digital approaches across the Baltic Sea region have grown. The collaboration process itself has shaped the network as a source for developing ideas and engaging partners for future joint initiatives

 

Outputs

Digitalisation toolkits

The toolkits focus on the digital transformation of medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With the help of the online toolkit, SMEs can evaluate their level of adopting digital technology and where they need to improve. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance to SMEs on what they need to consider when they decide to digitise operational processes. The digitalisation toolkit improves SME innovation capacity in the context of industry 4.0 readiness.

Cross-border e-services

As a part of developing four cross-border e-services, the project issued feasibility studies and roadmaps. Cross-border e-government services, namely eCMR, cross-border Know-Your-Customer utility, cross-border Business registration and cross-border e-receipt services were in the spotlight. The feasibility studies and the roadmaps were developed in consultation with the relevant public services involved in the delivery of such services. For example, for eCMR , KYC and e-receipt, the relevant public agencies were part of the working groups working on these initiatives in the Baltic states. For e-government business registration, the consulted public agencies were business registrars in the Nordic countries and Norway.

Overview of policy-related ideas and recommendations

The project elaborated policy inputs and summarised them in a so-called “Policy White Paper”. It compiles policy-related ideas and recommendations on how EU and national policies can support transnational digital collaboration and address challenges for SMEs. It is meant to inspire policymakers to be creative and “cross-border minded” when developing new policy initiatives. The paper is also considered to inspire industry associations in their work with influencing national digital policies.

Project Stories

Partners

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
481,278.00
59.437215524.7453688

Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
220,516.00
59.437215524.7453688

Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
112,401.10
59.437215524.7453688

DIMECC Ltd.

  • Town
    Tampere
  • Region
    Pirkanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
386,538.90
61.498021423.7603118

Polish Chamber of Commerce of Electronics and Telecommunications

  • Town
    Warszawa
  • Region
    Miasto Warszawa
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
214,166.10
52.69561416.3655487

Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
257,006.50
56.949397724.1051846

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
148,746.80
56.949397724.1051846

Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
58,552.00
54.687045825.2829111

Association INFOBALT

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
504,983.15
54.687045825.2829111

RISE AB

  • Town
    KISTA
  • Region
    Gävleborgs län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
159,897.20
59.40331117.9442849

Aalborg University

  • Town
    Aalborg Øst
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
792,800.00
57.01536379.953381387923416

WITHDRAWAL (31/10/2018):The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
4,981.26
54.687045825.2829111

The Brønnøysund Register Centre

  • Town
    Brønnøysund
  • Region
    Nordland
  • Country
    Norway
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
107,837.80
65.474875512.2116394

Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of Republic of Lithuania (partner as of 1.04.2018)

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
53,416.87
54.687045825.2829111

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