The handbook presents learning so far from regional experiences in using the ‘Smart Specialisation’ approach. It covers processes of stakeholder involvement, good governance principles, project selection processes, transnational cooperation and monitoring. The handbook is targeted at anyone interested in developing smart specialisation approaches to regional development across Europe.
The event will explore EU policies and tools to support and existing practice to inspire future business initiatives. The Seminar is part of the broader ENRD thematic work on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
The booklet presents the practical aspects of starting CSA which is a partnership between local farmers and consumers that can contribute to a better food system.
A recent ENRD workshop discussed ways to respond to demographic change and promote the social inclusion of migrants and refugees, Roma, youth and women in rural areas, including through arts and culture.
The event was structured around existing ‘hubs of activity’ on the selected themes and saw an exchange of ideas on how the Rural Development Programmes, LEADER/CLLD actions, EAFRD projects and networking can support and promote social inclusion. Find out more on ENRD’s work on this topic.
A set of EU-funded research projects have been working to develop novel biomass solutions to support the wider European bioeconomy.
The projects aim to provide the agricultural sector with the knowledge and expertise needed to support resource-efficient biomass strategies and solutions that both enable increased production and do not compromise local ecosystems nor sustainability. Each project description in available in DE, EN, ES, FR, IT and PL.
A roadmap for the implementation of a ‘New Rural Policy’ sets out the steps for rural development approaches to move beyond farm supports to also recognise the diversity of rural regions and the importance of connectivity to dynamic areas.
Proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the roadmap makes the case for enhancing the competitive advantages of rural communities through integrated investments and appropriate local services, and by encouraging local participation and bottom-up development.
An ENRD workshop identified access to land, finance, training and knowledge as the main challenges facing young farmers and explored how actions outside and under the Rural Development Programmes can help address these.
The event, jointly organised by the ENRD Contact Point and the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), looked at examples from across the EU taking into account the outcomes from both Cork 2.0 and the EIP-Agri Focus Group on "New entrants into farming".
A new study analyses ‘gold-plating’ – additional rules and regulatory obligations that interfere with expected policy goals – in the European Rural Development (EAFRD), Fisheries (EMFF), Regional Development (ERDF), Social (ESF) and Cohesion (CF) Funds.
Gold-plating is considered to make the implementation of EU funding more costly and burdensome for programme bodies and beneficiaries. The study discusses the presence, reasons and effects of gold-plating across the five funds and proposes solutions and recommendations to reduce it in both the 2014-2020 and post-2020 programming periods.
The initiative will enable crucial upgrades to Ireland's forestry infrastructure and seek to address issues faced by small-scale foresters by working to improve forest management and strengthen the supply of wood for commercial use.
A recent study analyses the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and makes recommendations for the future based on a review of the choices made by EU Member States in relation to direct payments to farmers and rural development measures.
The publication examines countries’ implementation decisions to study their: relevance for the three general objectives of the CAP; coherence between the different measures and instruments; as well as conditions for enabling effectiveness and reducing administrative burdens.