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National initiatives

The DTM overview of the national initiatives aims to analyse the framework conditions at national level and, more specifically, the rollout of digital policies. The DTM reports provide an overview of the key national and regional public support measures, outlining the policy trends and implementation of processes and strategies, outputs and outcomes, and key policy lessons learned, including possibilities to scale-up and transfer to other countries and regions.

Fifteen national initiatives for digitising industry have been launched across Europe in recent years. With value chains increasingly distributed across Europe, the further digitisation of industry brings challenges that can only be addressed through a coordinated EU-wide effort. Seven more initiatives are under preparation. The development of these national initiatives is an important element of the European Platform of National Initiatives on Digitising Industry. A first preliminary analysis maps the national measures along the action lines of the DEI strategy, building on the results of the Digital Transformation Monitor (DTM) and the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). A country overview with relevant information for digitising industry for all 28 Member States is available here.

Latvia: “National Industrial Policy Guidelines 2014-2020"

The economic crisis proved that the Latvian economic model –mainly based on internal demand– was not sustainable. For that reason, action was taken to support the transition towards a more sustainable economy: An export focus paired with increased attraction of capital to be more competitive in both internal and external markets were the basis of this new model. In this context, the need to revise the different national policies arose, specifically regarding the national industry.

Slovakia: Smart city

Inspired by similar initiatives implemented in Germany and the Netherlands, the Ministry of Economy first presented the Smart Industry concept for Slovakia at a high-level  conference in March 2016. The government adopted the strategic direction of the paper on the 29th of October 2016, and with the decision to pursue the development of local smart industry. The Smart Industry Platform was established to act as a central  authority coordinating the various efforts, and is comprised of a working group of multidisciplinary experts from industry, academic and government.

Luxembourg: “High Performance Computing & the Digital Skills Bridge Toolbox”

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg embarked in 2015 upon a deeply collaborative process for the creation of a strategy to build on the country’s existing record and reputation as a digital and smart Economy  Leader of Europe. The resulting work, known as the Third Industrial Revolution strategy (TIR), took a cross-disciplinary approach to examining the future trends and challenges to which Luxembourg must respond, with input from over 300 actors across government, industry, academia and civil society contributing toward the preparation of the final strategy study and accompanying proposals.

Industry 4.0 initiatives in the COSME countries

While national Industry 4.0 initiatives are put in place in the majority of EU countries, the EU neighbourhood countries participating in the COSME programme have yet to adopt overarching I4.0 initiatives of national scale.However, the governments of Turkey, Iceland and Serbia have made efforts to encourage and drive forward the digitisation of their industries through targeted measures. Instead of creating a centralised national initiative, these efforts tend to be rather scattered across various programmes lowering the initiatives’ visibility.

Lithuania: “Pramonė 4.0”

The Pramonė 4.0 platform resulted from a bilateral German-Lithuanian Conference on “Industry 4.0” held in Vilnius in May 2016. One year later, the Lithuanian Government officially launched Pramonė 4.0 aiming to increase and strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of the Lithuanian industry and to promote the integration of digital solutions and new technologies.

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Poland: “Initiative for Polish Industry 4.0 – The Future Industry Platform”

The Future Industry Platform was announced as part of the Responsible Development Plan (‘Morawiecki Plan’) by the Ministry of Finance and Development in 2016. Providing industrial financing over a 25-year period, the Morawiecki Plan pursues an agenda of reindustrialisation through new partnerships, export-oriented support measures and comprehensive regional development.

Slovenia: Slovenian Digital Coalition

The Digital Coalition was established in November 2016 to accelerate the digital transformation of Slovenia. It brings together key stakeholders  from trade, industry, research and development, civil society and the public sector. The Coalition serves as a coordinated and consultative non-discriminatory open forum with the objective to foster the development of the digital economy, the creation of digital jobs as well as the exploitation of opportunities closely linked to the development of ICT and the internet.

Austria: Plattform Industrie 4.0

Austria’s national Plattform Industrie 4.0 (PI4.0) started in 2014 upon the initiative of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology.The platform acts as an observatory, network and strategic advisory body creating working groups, strategies, focus areas as well as case studies on industry 4.0 topics.

Hungary: “IPAR 4.0 National Technology Platform”

“I4.0 NTP” (Industry 4.0 National Technology Platform) is a national initiative aspiring to boost manufacturing and industry transformation in Hungary in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Italy: “Industria 4.0”

In February 2017, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development has launched the Industria 4.0 National Plan (I4.0). The new strategy puts in place horizontal measures accessible for all enterprises with an objective to boost the investment in new technologies, research and development, and revitalise the competitiveness of Italian companies.


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