The webinar will look at the state of digital transformation in European regions and will explore ways to develop an enabling regional policy framework for a digital transition of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), showcasing some best practices and collaboration initiatives from the European Entrepreneurial Regions.
The speed at which SMEs are able to digitalise along with the level of digital intensity they can achieve will have far-reaching effects on European economic recovery and the future competitiveness of the EU in global markets.
The EU Digital Compass sets an ambition to raise to 75% the number of European businesses using advanced digital technologies and to ensure that over 90% of all businesses reach at least a basic level of digital intensity by 2030.
SMEs have a central role in this transition. With the support of over 200 Digital Innovation Hubs and industrial clusters, by 2030, SMEs should have the opportunity to access digital technologies or data easily and on fair terms, ensured by appropriate regulation, and benefit from adequate support to digitalise.
The webinar will be opened and chaired by Michael Murphy, Chair of the Commission for Economic Policy of the Committee of the Regions.
Session one will build on presentations and discussions on the results of latest research work – including a joint CoR/Eurochambres study and survey on 'The state of digital transformation at regional level' and the EIB study on 'Financing of Digital Transition of SMEs'.
Session two will feature regional best practices from the European Entrepreneurial Regions, showcasing that embracing digital transitions is a pre-condition of building an entrepreneurial culture of the future and in this respect, collaboration to exchange experience and knowledge is vital.
Please register at the latest by 21 June. The event will be broadcasted through Microsoft Teams. Link and instructions will be communicated to you by e-mail in due time prior to the webinar.