ECIX Zagore final

Programme: Digital Europe Program



Digital technology is changing people’s lives. As is stated in the Digital Europe - EDIH Work Program 2021-2023/10.11.21 document the digital technologies are profoundly changing our daily life, our way of working and doing business, our way to understand and use our natural resources and environment and the way we interact, communicate and educate ourselves. This is why the von der Leyen Commission has presented an ambitious strategy on shaping Europe’s digital future on 19 February 2020. The EU’s Digital Strategy aims to make this transformation work for people and businesses, while helping to achieve its target of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. The DEP is designed to bridge the gap between digital technology research and market deployment, supporting the EU’s twin objectives of a green transition and digital transformation while strengthening the Union’s resilience and digital sovereignty.
The Climate policy of the EC is one of the considered ones in the design, preparation, implementation and evaluation of each program.
European Digital Innovation Hub Zagore - Synergy for Green Regional Digital Transformation of Southeast
region of Bulgaria
EDIH Zagore shall be boosted as a capacity through SynGReDiT project, geographically covers South-East Region (SER), NUTS II of Bulgaria, consists of 4 NUTS III districts - Burgas, Sliven, Stara Zagora, and Yambol. The administrative centers of Burgas and Stara Zagora are among the 6 biggest cities in Bulgaria.

EDIH Zagore: brings under “one roof” and coordinate the services between all participants: users/customers, partners, subcontractors; managing and controlling the associated value streams; focusing on the core service and also group all activities for user-oriented development; delivery the core ecosystem values - derive from the overall focus and efficiency and are measurable and beneficial to all involved; ensure providing of all resources such as premises, building technology, hardware/software infrastructure and services through the solid base of its members and services providers. Users of the EDIH’s services delivering their specific requirements actually will participate in the development of basic services by their demand and feedback.





 The main challenge the SynGReDiT aims to address is the challenge of the overall change in the long-term established industrial traditions and business interdependencies of the SE Region’s economy towards decarburization and twin green and digital transformation of its leading sectors, parts of the SSS leading priorities - energy producing, manufacturing, agriculture, transport and health as well developing of already existing and attracting new ones on industrial symbiosis based. 


1. To  encourage  the industrial and SMEs regional policies to support the businesses and the public sector in the twin green and digital transformation for slowing climate changes and restore environment through set of 9 regional awareness initiatives Ideation Labs within the next 3 years
2. To  deploy the 3 key areas of the digital technologies: HPC, DAS and Cybersecurity and their best use for twin green and digital transformation in critical sectors for the regional economy as energy production and distribution, manufacturing, agriculture, transport, and health-care within the next 3 years 
3. To enhance  the access to Innovation ecosystems of the regional SMEs, small mid-caps, entrepreneurs, start-ups and public sector and the support to find investments by a set of 9 networking events Ideation Labs and number of consultations in order to accelerate the recovery and drive the twin green and digital transformation of the SER economy within the next 3 years
4. To be enhance the access to all key areas of HPC, DAS, AI and Cybersecurity through collaborations with the EU EDIHs network within the next 3 years by Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singing with at least 20 EDIHs, services sharing and exchange of 7% of customers.  
All these will result in the operation of a strong ecosystem for twin green and digital transformation and thus will contribute to the overall DEP objectives to unleash the powers of digital technologies to reach Europe’s common climate and environmental goals as set out in the EGD, including becoming climate neutral by 2050



SZREDA was established in 1995 with the support of the USAID. Initially serving as a liaison focused on strengthening communication between city governments and the business community, it soon attracted as members the municipalities, training centres and organisations, supporting the economic development of the region.

Members of the Agency are the city of Stara Zagora and its municipalities- Nikolaevo, Bratya Daskalovi, Gurkovo, Opan, Kazanlak and Radnevo- as well as Trakia University, the Bulgarian-German Training Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

SZREDA has worked on a number of programmes and projects, funded by the European Union, USAID, as well as on British, Canadian, and Italian bilateral programmes.

Since 2009 SZREDA is a host organisation of Europe Direct Information Centre, and its activities are dedicated to communicating the EU principles and policies to the general public and different local communities as students, teachers, local authorities, and entrepreneurs.

2. EDIH Zagore

3. Trakia University (TrU)

4. Institute for ICT - Bulgarian Academy of Science (IICT)

5. Telelink Business Services (TBS)

6. David Holding AD (DH)

7. Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Stara Zagora (CCI)

8. Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA)








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