The project is committed to regular dialogue with its’ contributors. Various topics were discussed during the Finnish stakeholder meeting in January. Lively discussion arose around infrastructure and RDI playbook work, digital compass, and the means of research and development units of large companies to promote companies' strategy. Stakeholders also got a progress review of the project.

The project, ending in July 2022, has achieved many of its’ goals thanks to active stakeholder representatives, underlined Project Manager Hanna-Greta Puurtinen from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

 “We listen carefully to our stakeholders and put a big value on companies’ standpoints. We promote both new research, development, and innovation environments as well as better exploitation and accessibility of the existing ones. Together, we can do a lot more locally, nationally, and internationally.”

European Commission sets targets to digital decade

Petri Räsänen, Innovation and Foresight Director from Council at Tampere Region, shed light on green and digital transition at the heart of EU policy. The vision is that the EU will provide businesses and people with the opportunity for a human-centric, sustainable, and prosperous digital future. To achieve this, the European Commission has formed a proposal for a path to a digital decade.

“Digital compass refines the objectives and metrics of digital skills and infrastructures, the use of corporate digital technologies and digitalisation of public services. Multinational projects play a key role in combining EU funding with investments from EU countries and private sector”, he said.

According to Räsänen, Pirkanmaa area will prepare an own digital compass by June this year.

“With this tool we can increase digital investments and cooperation as well as sharpen the profile of the region in relation to European and national objectives. We have good starting points for this through multiple projects.”

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