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Factsheet for measure EE-2018-40/2701 – measures in Estonia
|Country||Estonia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2018 – 14 September 2020|
|Context||Digital Transformation, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
|Author||Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 21 October 2022)|
With the aim of alleviating bottlenecks related to industrial digitalisation and automation, which has been a bottleneck for Estonian economic development, a support measure was developed to raise manufacturing and mining companies' awareness and capability of digitalisation. The measure is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and provided by the Enterprise Estonia (called the Estonian Business and Innovation Agency as of 2022).
The measure consists of a grant which is provided for a company to assess its readiness and potential for digitalisation and automation and steps to take to develop their production processes. The provider of such diagnostic tool (digital diagnostic provider) can be chosen by the grant recipient. The service consists of interviews, seminars, learning the current processes and procedures at the company, analysing the data and documentation. Based on the gathered information, a thorough report is compiled bringing out the potential for the specific company to go more digital/automatic, which are the steps to be taken, and what are the costs and profits.
Digital diagnostics must include all the following:
The maximum amount of the grant depends on the sales revenue of the business year preceding the application for the grant of enterprise. If the enterprise’s sales revenue for the previous year is the following:
The maximum share of the project cost is 70% and at least 30% must be self-financing.
The total budget available is €1.1 million since October 2018 until December 2021.
Between November 2018 and May 2020, 116 companies received the grant. The average size of the grant during the period was €9,987.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|B - Mining And Quarrying||B5 Mining of coal and lignite|
|B6 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas|
|B7 Mining of metal ores|
|B8 Other mining and quarrying|
|B9 Mining support service activities|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
|C11 Manufacture of beverages|
|C12 Manufacture of tobacco products|
|C13 Manufacture of textiles|
|C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel|
|C15 Manufacture of leather and related products|
|C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products|
|C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media|
|C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products|
|C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
|C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations|
|C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products|
|C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products|
|C24 Manufacture of basic metals|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Digital diagnostic, measure EE-2018-40/2701 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2018-40_2701.html
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