South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency has been in contact with the SmartAgriHubs project in the context of the Regions 4Food Interreg Europe project, which aims to digitalise European agriculture by promoting an agricultural innovation ecosystem committed to excellence, sustainability and success.
In this year’s ninth newsletter, attention was drawn to Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and Dr Heidi Cigan (European Commission, DG Communication Networks, Content, Technology – Unit A4 Digital Transformation of Industrial Ecosystems) was asked to write a short summary of EU strategies for DIHs.
In her summary, she discusses the state of digitalisation in the European Union, showing that nearly 40% of businesses are not even at a basic level of digitalisation, and the adoption of advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence is only around 25%. Businesses in rural and agricultural areas are the least digitised, but have the most to gain from it, as digital technologies can help them work more accurately, efficiently and sustainably.
To support the transition, the Commission has set a number of targets to be achieved by 2030 as part of the Digital Agenda. For example, at least 90% of SMEs should have a basic digital intensity and 75% of businesses should use advanced digital technologies.
The European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) network is an excellent opportunity to boost the digitalisation of EU businesses and support the green and digital transition.
The Regions 4Food project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.