BSR Stars S3 Policy Brief inspires digitalisation session at Fehmarnbelt Days 2018

date 04.07.2018

In connection with the Fehmarnbelt Days 2018 in Malmö on the 28th – 29th of May, a seminar on Digital Transformation in Rural Areas was organized by Baltic Development Forum (BDF), Region Zealand and the Interreg BSR project BSR Stars S3. The seminar explored different approaches and experiences with digital transformation in rural areas, building on local strongholds and connecting urban and rural areas in the Fehmarnbelt region. Digitalization provides challenges as well as opportunities for rural areas and smaller towns. A key opportunity is the possibility to act local while ensuring global outreach building on local advantages, competences and social networks. Capacity building initiatives can help local business to develop and implement effective e-business models.

The seminar discussed how to encourage digital growth in rural areas and what kind of initiatives and policies can help local businesses achieve a successful digital transformation. What can entrepreneurs do? What can authorities do? What are good examples to learn from? The seminar was inspired by activities co-organised by BDF and reported in the Policy Brief on Inclusive Digitalisation in the Baltic Sea Region published within the project BSR Stars S3.

Speakers and panelists were: Heino Knudsen, Chair of Regional Council, Region Zealand, Chair of Greater Copenhagen & Skåne Committee; Dolores Öhman, Member of Region Council, Region Skåne; Hanne W. Tanvig, Senior Adviser, University of Copenhagen; Per Tryding, Deputy CEO Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden; Sarah Brühl, Project Coordinator, Digital Villages, Municipality of Betzdorf Gebhardshain, Germany; Helena Kurki, Project Manager, Innovation Center for Rural Areas, Sjöbo, Sweden; Evan Lynnerup Olesen, Member of Regional Council, Region Zealand; David Meinke, Development Manager, Region Zealand; Torben Aaberg, Head of Public & Digital Affairs, BDF.


Christopher Reeves

Baltic Development Forum