Discussion paper on the potential for open government data across borders in the Baltic Sea Region. It puts forward proposals for transnational initiatives to build awareness, enhance coordination and collaboration, exchange best practices, and take steps towards harmonisation of data and cross-border data flows.
This publication presents an overview of how the Baltic and Nordic countries and Poland have been performing within the digital economy.
The paper also looks closely at the role of cities and city networks fostering digital growth, since increased urbanization and digitization are increasingly intertwined.
The Baltic Sea Region is a digital forerunner in Europe, and an excellent hotbed for growing and cultivating a cross-border digital market.
This report is an attempt to boil down and capture in a snapshot the digital state of the region in 2015. It is based on more than 1500 data indicators from national and international databases covering digitization and economic development.
A Digital Single Market – Growing the Baltic Sea Region
This report estimates the economic impact of growing a regional single digital market in the Baltic Sea Region.
The results show that an integrated regional digital market is associated with substantial gains. GDP in the Baltic Sea Region could increase annually by EUR 29 billion, with an additional 4 billion in consumer surplus and 4 billion in e-procurement. This effect arises from an increased take-up rate in fixed broadband, improved e-skills and increased e-commerce.
This discussion paper deals with the emerging gap between demand and supply of ICT specialists. In Europe, this gap could reach 900,000 by 2020 if not addressed, according to the European Commission.
The paper includes the results of a survey among companies and universities in five Baltic Sea Region countries. The survey indicates that there is a gap between educational institutions and the industry regarding what kind of e-skills are needed and how to provide them. The paper provides a brief overview of the debate on e-skills and a snapshot of the situation in the Baltic Sea Region, highlighting the diversity of approaches and eperiences as well as suggesting concrete solutions.
Searching for the Micro Multinationals
This report is the first delivery from “Top of Digital Europe”, and is a study on the state and ecosystem of ICT-related start-ups and SMEs, the so-called “Micro-multinationals” in the Baltic Sea Region. It is a first and much needed step towards a better understanding of the potential within the fast growing digital market.
A comprehensive overview of the obstacles to a digital single market in the Baltic Sea region and suggested priorities for action. Cross border barriers in the digital area cost at least 45 billion EUR in the Baltic Sea Region alone. Using an analysis by Copenhagen Economics, the report estimates the potential to be released if the barriers to a digital single market in the Baltic Sea Region are reduced. The report suggests a Digital Action Plan for the Region, including policy recommendations related to four issues identified as key growth drivers.