Project Details

Title: Common methodology for the implementation of Digital Local Agenda and its impact on regional digital policies
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: the Information Society

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013
Website: http://www.projectdla.eu


Total budget: €1,491,456.00
ERDF contribution: €1,202,671.55

Lead partner

North Regional Development and Coordination Commission
251, Rua Rainha D. Estefânia
4150-304, Porto

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    • Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Emídio Gomes
      Phone: 00351 22 60 50 100
      Fax: 00351 22 60 73 045

Project summary

A DLA is a common strategy, shared with citizens, for the development of the Information Society which bears in mind socio-economic, cultural and institutional factors

The main objective of the project is to improve regional policies in the fields of DLA for developing new actions related to the application of the IS to public services. To do so, the project will foster a permanent exchange of experience among partners and it will establish a cooperation network to update and improve knowledge on IS and its applications in public administrations’ services

As specific objectives, the project seeks:

• To design a general DLA transferable to every region

• To elaborate a Common Methodology to adapt the general DLA to every particular local situation

• To involve all key stakeholders in the project and in the process of building a DLA

• To exchange experience

• To state the basis for future collaboration

The project is structured in 3 years and into the following components:

1. Management

The internal coordination will be based on a partnership agreement stating the rights and obligations of the partners; a web-based management system; and a Steering Committee constituted by partners’ representatives to follow up the progress of the project. Besides, partners will engage an external assistance to support them in the management tasks.

2. Communication

Communication Policy is addressed to public authorities, citizens and business, as key actors in the development of a Strategy for the IS. It will use all media: internet, press conferences, and publication of brochures, leaflets and an e-newsletter; as well as the organisation of conferences addressed to all agents involved in DLA fields.

3. Exchange of experiences

The work will follow a logical framework: diagnosis, sharing experience, and structuring future cooperation.

The main outputs of this component will be a General DLA and a Common Methodology for implement it, to guarantee that local

characteristics are taken into account

4. Case Study; coordinated by CCDRN and University of West Macedonia.

There will be 1 case study in 2 regions (West Macedonia and North Portugal) to probe that the CM designed could be used to adapt the General DLA to a local situation. Furthermore, as these regions are already developing some actions in IS, the case study will also probe the benefits of having a strategy to coordinate the action on IS in the services for citizens

DLA project has 11 partners from 9 different EU Member States:

• 1 National Authority (Estonia) and 2 Regional Authorities (Portugal and Ireland)

• 2 Associations of Municipalities (Spain and Latvia)

• 3 Development and Innovation Agencies (Italy, Hungary and Germany)

• 3 Universities (Estonia and 2 from Greece)

Total budget is EUR 1,476,803.00. The highest budget line is for Component (Cp.) 3 (38.91%), followed by Cp. 2 (30.27%), Cp. 1 (19.99%), Cp. 4 (8.82%) and finally, preparation costs (2.01%)

Project achievements

The economic and social development of the European regions is largely conditioned by the degree of implementation of the IS. The potential of ICT to transform and modernize our public administrations, societies and economies is increasingly being recognized. In the case of public administrations, the adoption of ICT tools in day-to-day practices brings immediate improvements. However, the extent to which the ICT are developed in public authorities across Europe is very unbalanced.


In this context, the EU launched the Digital Local Agenda strategy, a common framework for the development of the IS which bears in mind socioeconomic, cultural and institutional factors. With this aim, the DLA project emerges fostering a permanent exchange of experience among partners. It also establishes a cooperation network to update and improve knowledge on the IS and its applications in public administration services.


As a first step, the DLA project has identified 36 good practices in the ICT field

out of which 5 have been selected and constituted the point of departure in the process of designing a general DLA which will be transferable to every region. The selected good practices were introduced in the dissemination seminar held in Santiago de Compostela on 3rd March 2011.


With the objective of achieving this DLA, 11 partners from 9 different countries across Europe, developed a Common Methodology to adapt the general DLA to every particular local situation by exchanging all participating countries experiences, involving all key stakeholders in the project and in the process of building a DLA. In order to develop this common methodology, partners organized 3 Working Groups for the three different phases of the methodology:

•An instrument for the self-evaluation of the skill and capacity on ICT, automation, e-government, etc. of each municipality involved

•A matrix where, according to the municipality level identified in the previous step, the priorities for the DLA agenda are


•A policy format for the General DLA to be filled in and completed according to the results of the previous steps


In the framework of Communication and Dissemination activities of the DLA project, the Midland Regional Authority organized the “ICT & Public Service Delivery Conference” that took place in Athlone (Ireland) last 23/11/2011.


On this occasion, the leaders of the above mentioned WG presented the conclusions of the work performed, illustrating the benefits of adopting a DLA. A number of ICT best practices identified within the participating regions (StadtWiki Karlsruhe and Barcelos With Your Fingers, as well as the most representative Irish initiatives in the field of ICT and e-government) were also introduced at the conference, that was attended by both public and private most outstanding stakeholders in the Midlands.


One great achievement to be mentioned is that following the presentation of “Barcelos at Your Fingers” at the conference held in the Midland Region,

Longford County Council was inspired to develop the Visit Longford smart phone application, which is currently in the final stages of development.


During the first semester of 2012, partners focused their work on the fine tuning of the final results of the 3 WG, as well as in preparing the Final Conference to be held in Empoli on 24th October 2012, hosted by ASEV.


Over the last semester of the project, DLA Project Partners basically finalised the self-evaluation tool and the Common Methodology document of the General DLA. Two case studies were carried out using the DLA methodology, in Northern Portugal (Municipality of Barcelos) and Western Macedonia (Municipality of Servia-Velventos).


The celebration of the final conference of the Project also took place during this period, as well as the release of the final leaflet. Project results have been disseminated among the participating regions over the past six months for which some Partners held meetings or specific events to this end.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
North Regional Development and Coordination Commission, Porto PORTUGAL Norte 00351 22 60 50 100
Atlantic Axis of the Peninsular Northwest, Vigo SPAIN Galicia 0034 986 480 616
Etruria Innovazione S.C.p.A., SIENA ITALY Toscana 390577247452
Euregio “Pskov, Livonia", section Latvia, Balvi LATVIA Latvija 371 645 21029
juris.annuskans @balvi.lv
Euregio Pskov-Livonia, section Estonia, Valga ESTONIA Eesti 372 7666164
SWRA - SOUTH WEST REGIONAL AUTHORITY, Ballincollig, Co Cork IRELAND Southern and Eastern 353 21 4876877
RWG – Region Western Greece, Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada 302610-465801
Regional Development Agency of North Hungary Non-profit Corporation (NORDA), Miskolc HUNGARY Eszak-Magyarorszag 3646504460
MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH – Public Innovation Agency for ICT and Media, Stuttgart GERMANY Stuttgart 49 711 90715 357
MRA - MIDLAND REGIONAL AUTHORITY, Tullamore IRELAND Border, Midland and Western 353 057 935 2996
University of Patras - Computer Engineering & Informatics Department - Laboratory for Graphics, Multimedia & GIS (MMLAB), Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada 30 2610 996936
tsak@cti.gr, tzimas@cti.gr, sakkopul@gmail.com, theodori@ceid.upatras.gr
Agency for the development of the Empolese Valdelsa, Empoli ITALY Toscana 39057176650


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