Working Groups

Working Groups are where our member-appointed experts discuss and refine DIGITAL SME’s position on various relevant topics. Are you working for one of our member organisations and interested in joining a working group? Fill out the form and we’ll get back to you shortly!

Focus Group Artificial Intelligence

On behalf of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European DIGITAL SME Alliance is forming a Focus Group Artificial Intelligence (AI). The JRC, through its AI WATCH activity, is monitoring the implementation and impact of the EU Coordinated Artificial Intelligence Development Plan adopted in December 2018. For this purpose, it is seeking close feedback from AI-intensive companies to measure the impact of AI initiatives on companies in the EU and to make sure that regulation is having a positive effect on those companies. The aim of the Joint Focus Group AI is to understand the adoption, use, and impacts over time of AI and related technologies (robotics, automation in general, machine learning, etc.).
Join the Focus Group AI by registering below!

WG Skills

WG SKILLS has been established with the core purpose of helping to close the digital skills gap in Europe. The working group covers a variety of topics related to skills development, re-skilling and easier outsourcing, among others. WG SKILLS' expertise includes digital skills, social dialogue, movement of workers, competence centres, work-life balance, and other areas.

Chair: Gloria Díaz, CONETIC

WG Digitalisation

Digital SMEs enable the digital transformation of European industry. In order to foster innovation and ensure their uptake and development of new emerging technologies, WG DIGITALISATION contributes to policy debates and European initiatives on Industry 4.0, Digital Innovation Hubs, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, building information modeling, cloud computing, blockchain and other technologies.

Chair: Andrei Kelemen, Cluj IT Cluster

WG Cyber & Data

WG CYBER & DATA informs our position towards the European Union on Cyber Security, Data Protection and AI ethics. Further, the group also works towards developing standards and practical guidelines tailored to SMEs for easier access to selected relevant standards.

Chair: Fabio Guasconi

WG Standards

WG STANDARDS focuses on providing SMEs access to the European standardisation process. As the sectoral representative of Small Business Standards (SBS) in the field of ICT, DIGITAL SME helps small business representatives to actively participate in expert working groups and technical committees. WG STANDARDS is comprised of experts from the European ICT SME industry and jointly develops positions and consultations for EU institutions and standardisation bodies.

Chair: Massimo Vanetti

WG Software Patents & Intellectual Property Rights

WG Software Patents & Intellectual Property Rights (short: WG IPR) brings together legal experts and SMEs to identify pressing issues related to patents, copyright and IPR in general (i.e. know-how, trade secret, designs, trademarks). The group will form a network of SMEs to help increase understanding and knowledge of Software Patents & IPR among digital SMEs.

Chairs: Silvana Marcotulli and Rasmus Keller

Task Force Blockchain & DLT

The DIGITAL SME Task Force Blockchain & DLT brings together SMEs from across Europe, with the aim to support the uptake of blockchain by SMEs and to develop joint activities and positions.

Chair: Margherita Leder and Petko Karamotchev

Focus Group Sustainability


This group brings together SMEs, startups, researchers, association representatives and interested policymakers that have a strong focus on sustainability in two key dimensions:
1) Green operations: reducing emissions within a company’s own operations as well as up and down their supply chain
2) Enabling sustainability: developing and providing technology, infrastructure and services that enable emissions reductions in other businesses, public administrations or entire sectors

FGS will work together with other stakeholders including DIGITAL SME’s other working groups as well as external parties like the European Commission to make legislative efforts as well as funding opportunities related to sustainability more conscious of the potential and needs of SMEs.

Focus Group Fair Digital Markets, Ethical Tech & Interoperability

A network of companies that share a strong belief that competitiveness & fairness in digital markets comes from openness and interoperable solutions, and that technology can follow a responsible and ethical approach.

The focus group forms a network in Europe that will develop joint activities and positions.

— Provide input on relevant policy files like DMA, e-Privacy, AI Act.
— Promote a fair and ethical approach to digital markets and technology.

— Visibility at European level.
— Enabling access to EU policymakers.
— Information exchange.
— Building a network of likeminded companies from across Europe

Focus Group Smart Communities

Placing the SMEs at the heart of Europe´s digital transformation of cities and communities

The Focus Group Smart Communities (FG SC) will bring together European SMEs and Public Authorities that believe in an open innovation ecosystem where local communities can flourish by the deployment of  trustworthy digital services made in Europe.

Interested in participating?

If your organisation or company is a member of DIGITAL SME, you could be eligible to join one of our working groups. Register here and we will be in touch soon!


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