On 3rd May 2016, BDF and “Top of Digital Europe” organised a seminar in Stockholm: “The Swedish way to a Digital Single Market in the Baltic Sea Region”. The event was co-organised and hosted by Stockholm Business Region, and gathered national policy makers, ICT industry, academia and experts to discuss the digital strengths and challenges of the Baltic Sea Region with a special focus on Sweden’s digital performance. The two latest reports from “Top of Digital Europe” were presented by the authors Martin Andersson, Lund University and Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and Joakim Lundblad, Lund University, followed by a discussion on how Sweden can fuel growth and competitiveness through stronger regional cooperation and innovative cross-border digital initiatives.
Among the conclusions were:
- Trust and confidence – among actors, sectors, and countries – is key for taking digitalisation to the next step. We need meeting places, not least cross-border.
- Sweden is moving down the international ranking and could benefit from inspiration and policy inputs as well as ICT experts from neighboring countries in the Baltic Sea Region.
The discussion was moderated by Pär Nygårds, Swedish IT & Telecom Industries and member of “Top of Digital Europe” Advisory Board.