Two years ago, AgriFood Lithuania DIH, together with its cross-sectoral partners, established the consortium EDIH, which has the most expertise in the agrifood, industrial and energy sectors in Lithuania. This week, the European Commission officially confirmed that, after evaluating 283 applicants nominated by European governments, EDIH has become one of the 136 hubs awarded the title of the European Digital Innovation Hub. In Lithuania, three consortia in total received this title.

“This evaluation is great news for the Lithuanian agrifood sector and all actors in the sector’s ecosystem, as well as a great appreciation for AgriFood Lithuania DIH. Now we are very focused on achieving best possible results in our activities aiming to promote and implement the digital transformation in the agrifood, industrial and energy sectors as effectively as possible. Aid measures such as pre-investment testing, knowledge and skills development and transfer, training, partner search, integration of Lithuanian business into international experimental development and innovation value chains, investment support and many others can be highlighted. It is planned that more than 5,000 economic entities will use the services of EDIH, which will encourage the attraction of 500 million investments in the development and implementation of digital innovations and contribute to increasing productivity by at least 20%,” said Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė, Director of AgriFood Lithuania DIH.

EDIH was nominated to the European Commission by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation after the conclusions of an expert commission, which recognized this consortium as the best and most in line with Lithuania’s interests in providing digital transformation services to business entities in Central and Western Lithuania. The consortium consists of AgriFood Lithuania DIH, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, Lithuanian Innovation Center, ART21, Science and Technology Park of the Institute of Physics, Lithuanian Energy Institute and Smart Energy DIH.