It allows stakeholders to join a community network of SMEs, public or private healthcare providers, research institutions and public bodies to develop or to provide digital solutions for the healthcare system and benefit from a full range of services:
  • Information on funding opportunities
  • Discussions on technology-specific topics
  • Networking
  • Matchmaking


Digital technologies are transforming our lives. As the EU relies on foreign countries’ imports for 80% of all digital products, the institutions should accelerate the formulation of a path toward sustainable digitalisation, that works for its industry, the people, and the planet.

As the digital revolution is substantially transforming Europe´s most value-generating sectors: the institutions should make sure that European innovators lead this process, securing a human-centric digitalisation in line with EU values.

DIGITAL SME supports tech SMEs in fostering innovative solutions for a sustainable and sovereign digitalisation of all EU industrial sectors. It organises matchmaking events to promote the uptake of digital solutions, tools, and skills into specific industrial sectors and it enhances the collaboration with the European Digital Innovation Hubs.

Working Group Digitalisation

It brings together experts with experience, knowledge, and interest in topics such as:

  • Digital transformation of the industry
  • (European) Digital Innovation Hubs
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Big Data
  • Cloud computing
  • Blockchain
  • Smart Cities

The WG supports long-term oriented digital transformation, building on B2B relationships for sustainable innovation ecosystems, rather than investing in closed, off-the-shelf solutions.

Sustainable B2B Digitalisation promotes digital skills, fosters made-in-Europe innovation and leads to long-term strong digital sovereignty.


Services and tools on Sustainability for SMEs

It enhances the social dialogue and quality of employment by guiding social partners towards a better understanding of digital transformation implications on the collective labour agreements (CLAs).

In particular, it covers two key areas:

  • Smart Working
  • Promotion of digital skills in work-places

The project analyses how these two impact the state-of-play in the workplace, how they are currently reflected in the social partners’ collective bargaining practices and in the collective labour agreements.

Providing an ecosystem that creates and supports the configurations, methodologies, production techniques, decisions and actions at all different levels and stages of the equipment manufacturing value chain so as to achieve the goals of:

  1. Increase in energy efficiency;
  2. Decrease of raw material through to the second use of parts or material (including waste from manufacturing process);
  3. Customer centricity;
  4. On-demand manufacturing and best meet the Industry 4.0 objectives of operational excellence, while increasing efficiency, reduce waste, boost competitiveness and lower costs for manufacturers.

The main targets of the project include:

  • Delivery of an innovative multilingual Decalogue containing practical procedures and guidelines for social dialogue at company, sectoral and European level
  • Facilitation of dialogue between employers’ organisations and trade unions in national contexts where industrial relations are more fragile
  • Increase of SMEs advantages from quality and effective sectoral social dialogue strategies designed and implemented by well-trained business side and workers’ representatives

Relevant Publications

This study is a pioneer in the investigation of the state of play of digital resilience of local and regional authorities (LRAs) across the EU. A primary drawback was the lack of a definition, in the literature, of the public sector’s digital resilience. Bearing in mind that European LRAs provide a large variety of eGovernment services and that some LRAs are also responsible for services of general and/or of economic interests, the digital resilience of public authorities certainly encompasses the capacity to cope with threats affecting the provision of public services and the integrity of data.

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