COM³ x CORA Final Conference: Cooperation Brings Results and Fun

26 June 2023 - Published by P. Khodabakhsh
After many years of joint journey, the projects CORA and COM³, supported by the North Sea Region Interreg Programme, are coming to a close. Together partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Germany, developed use cases and training solutions that enable citizens, small and medium-sized companies, and administrations in the North Sea region to meet their common challenges, identify and acquire the necessary digital skills. In this way, local actors are empowered across countries to use new technologies and finally overcome the digital divide in rural areas in the region.

Partners and stakeholders met online on 21 June 2023 for the “Joint final conference of Interreg COM³ and CORA projects”. With participants from 27 partner organisations, this was a successful and heart-warming event.

We looked at experience gained through the project activities and explored opportunities for future cooperation. The conference provided the occasion to discuss findings and learn from the results, look at the legacy and lessons learned from COM³ and CORA, as well as get inspiration for the future cooperation.

Bieke Blauwblomme from Intercommunale Leiedal opened the event and welcomed old friends and partners. The joint journey started many years ago in 2017 with the CORA project, and then continued within the COM³ project.

CORA and COM³ projects developed several tools to support digitalisation in the European regions:

  • Partners developed and tested the CORA model for digital transformation available. One needs digital infrastructure, skills and services in order to allow for digital transformation. CORA partners prepared a set of measures guiding municipalities in their digital transformation.
  • Partners developed and tested the COM³ model, which helps municipalities, regions, and business support organisations to empower local companies and create a dynamic rural digital ecosystem. Partners created no less than 15 e-learning courses and a method book.
  • On a joint learning platform, you can test the digital maturity of your organisation, get inspired by stories from partner regions, and improve your skills using online training modules. We have consolidated the best from both projects to create an attractive learning platform.

Our journey will continue in the follow-up and sister projects and we are looking forward to many coming years of joint adventures.


The COM³ legacy

COM³ partners can be proud of the results achieved over the four last years.

Businesses engaged in COM³ in a variety of ways, including networking, digital skills workshops, support for online sales, peer learning, student-based projects and discussions about open data.
84% of businesses identified that participation in COM³ made a difference to their understanding of digital technology, while 74% identified that it had made a difference to their use of digital technology. Participants in digital skills workshops and e-commerce support were most likely to report a difference in their understanding of digital technology. Those engaged in open data activities and student-based projects were most likely to report change in use of digital technology.

As a result of their participation in COM³, 79% of businesses introduced new digital products and services. These included e-commerce, social media marketing, online training, video promotion, access to data, and a new website or app.


COM³ Results


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