Digitalisation plays a crucial role in transforming the economy and society and provides future-proof solutions. Interoperability of digital solutions in domains such as transport, agriculture, education and open source software applied in these areas and digitalisation for and by citizens are two crucial elements of this transformation. Speakers will showcase experiences and challenges that their regions have been facing due to the COVID-19 crisis and post-pandemic recovery.
The public sector is no longer afraid of digitalisation so we can expect it to increase; however, it is associated with some specific challenges. Different panels in our session will present best practices among the regions in the various domains and their positive impact on public procurement, focusing on citizen engagement, making citizens' lives easier and helping companies to prosper. Digitalisation brings added value in the cycle of policy decision making. Our workshop will present the different practices with regard to the different levels of digitalisation by which regions are following the priorities and ambitions set by European Commission. At the same time, it is the beginning of future interregional cooperation. The session will include the element of the COVID-19 crisis in terms of increased use of digital services which have further highlighted the importance of ensuring a system without borders, and a fair and accessible single market for digital services.