Initiative group discussion on establishment of a Baltic Digital Innovation Hub

On 29 June 2018, an initiative group discussion on the establishment of a Baltic Digital Innovation Hub took place on the Mayor of Klaipėda website. Mayor of Klaipėda Vytautas Grubliauskas welcomed all of the participants and noted the importance of digitisation and innovations for both the city and region of Klaipėda. Klaipėda University Rector Prof. dr. Artūras Razbadauskas, Klaipėda City Municipality Deputy Director of Administration Elida Mantulova, Municipality Investment and Economics Department Director Ričardas Zulcas, AB Klaipėdos Energija Director Antanas Katinas, and representatives from AB Klaipėdos Nafta, UAB Vakarų Medienos Grupės, the Lithuanian Sea Museum, and Baltic Tech Park all participated in the discussion.

In April 2016, the European Commission presented the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, which aims to ensure that Europe’s economy, industry and society take full advantage of what digitisation offers. The Commission is taking firm steps to promote investment in the digitisation of industry and to support Industry 4.0 initiatives to trigger the fourth industrial revolution. One of the more important pillars of the Digitising European Industry initiative is the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe.

Baltic Tech Park CEO Šarūnas Butkus presented the Baltic Tech Park initiative to establish the Baltic Digital Innovation Hub, which would be the leader in digitisation and innovation development in Klaipėda City and Klaipėda Region. Baltic Tech Park representatives regularly attend the Digital Innovation Hub Working Group meetings organised by the European Commission, so they have accumulated considerable experience and competences for the establishment and development of such a hub.

During the discussion, it was decided to establish the Baltic Digital Innovation Hub, and, after being agreed by all parties, to sign a Letter of Intent that would act as the basis for the hub to be developed. The members of the initiative group agreed to work together in carrying out innovation, digitisation and automation projects and initiatives in the region of Klaipėda. Based on the conditions, terms and procedure discussed in the Letter of Intent, it was decided to agree on the legal form for further mutual cooperation and to conclude respective contracts or agreements that would act as the basis for the development and operation of the Baltic Digital Innovation Hub.