Participants in the fourth meeting of the Thematic Group discussed how climate change mitigation can become economically viable and attractive for rural actors. The meeting was organised in collaboration with the Walloon Rural Network.
After two Thematic Group (TG) ‘labs’ focusing on ideas for the support framework for Smart Villages in the future CAP Strategic Plans in Finland and Poland, the TG organised the last lab to provide space for other Member States to share ideas and pose questions about how they are proposing to support Smart Villages in their own countries
The 10th meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) took place on 22 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium with a focus on Smart Villages and Renewable Energy Communities.
The meeting focused on how rural climate efforts can be proved and demonstrated, in order to be recognised by markets, authorities and the wider society.
As an additional activity to the Thematic Group meetings, and in order to answer to specific interest towards the topic, this video conference allowed for more technical exchange of experiences of rural biogas production around Europe.
The meeting was especially targeted at Managing Authorities interested in exploring how to support Smart Villages in the future as well as stakeholders directly involved in implementation on the ground.
The ENRD Contact Point and the Spanish Rural Network Support Unit co-organised the 16th NRN Meeting in Calatayud. This meeting focused on the state of play of preparations for the design and setting up of the new CAP Networks under the post 2020 CAP, as well as any challenges and potential solutions.
The 16th NRN meeting was followed by a workshop NRN facilitation techniques for stakeholder engagement on 4 March.
To prepare the ground for future CAP networks, there is a need to reinforce the connections between the activities of rural networks with those of farming stakeholders both at EU and national level.
This one-day workshop aimed to establish a stronger understanding of employment opportunities in rural areas and related support mechanisms, taking into account the wider rural perspective and different aspects of rural employment. It showcased inspiring initiatives and projects and enabled participants to share their experience and ideas.