Sofia Develops a New European Instrument - Digital Neighbourhood

As one of the coordinators of the Digital Transition Partnership in the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU, Sofia together with the city of Oulu, Finland, and Estonia, developed a joint Action Plan with pilot projects the results of which will serve to improve the European policies in the area of legislation, funding and education in the digital era.

One of the instruments Sofia took the leadership to develop and test is entitled Digital Neighbourhood. In a society where we are increasingly defined by our access to information, no access to technology and skills to use technology well would leave one in the digital dark ages. This is what the digital divide is about, and sealing this gap is critical for the local development.

Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association and Sofia City Library held an extended consultative meeting and workshop on March 21, 2019, at SofiaLab, which brought together 30 experts from the local administrations, relevant ministries and national authorities, academia and business. The aim of the seminar was to start the development of specific measures to overcome the digital divide like more renters for community access to technology and digital services, more trained technical staff to serve the citizens, programmes for training and skills building.