Saxony-Anhalt's Ministry for Regional Development and Transport hosts the mid-term workshop of SKILLS+ on March 12, 2019, in the state capital Magdeburg. Before reviewing ten more action plans elaborated by SKILLS+ partners in result of a three-year interregional policy learning process, participants are invited how participation in the INTERREG EUROPE projects PURE COSMOS and SKILLS+ spurs the promotion of digitalisation in the hosting region. Participation is free of charge but prior registration is requested. Doors open at 9 a.m. for welcome coffee. 

Part 1 – Digitisation of SMEs in Saxony-Anhalt

9:30 Welcome - Frank Thäger, Ministry of Regional Development and Transport & Gerd Osterloh, Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt 

9:40 Digitisation Measures of Saxony-Anhalt - Ines Cieslok, Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitisation 

10:00 Digitisation in Business Practice - Craftsman's Representative 

10:20 Interreg Europe Projects SKILLS+ und PURE COSMOS

Introduction of the Projects

Judith Körber, Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt

Nadine Schrader-Bölsche, Ministry of Regional Development and Transport

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 Regional Action Plans PURE COMOS und SKILLS+

„Simple.Transparent.Automated.“ - Judith Körber, Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt 

„The Rural Area - Abandoned or the Workbench of the Future?" - Andreas Kluge, Managing Director of Zweckverband Breitband Altmark 

„Insights into the digitalisation of crafts and trades“ - Sven Sommer, Chamber of Craft Halle 

12:15 Lunch Break

Part 2 – SME Competitiveness and Digitalization in Europe

13:15 Organizational and Strategic Changes of Funding Programs:  Selected measures of SKILLS+ (short presentations and discussion)

14:00 SKILLS+ video wheel (1/2)

14:15 Elaboration and implementation of new projects:  Selected measures of SKILLS+ (short presentations and discussion)

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 SKILLS+ video wheel (2/2)

15:30 Outlook:  International support in the action plan implementation (Phase 2 of SKILLS+) 

15:45 Closing remarks