The fifth Thematic Group (TG) brought together around 40 stakeholders from 16 different countries and a wide range of organisations to exchange ideas on how to design Smart Village strategies to effectively empower rural communities in different national contexts.
Past events: Smart and Competitive Rural Areas
The fourth Thematic Group (TG) meeting discussed the future direction of the ENRD thematic work, specifically, areas in which the TG could support the practical implementation of ideas behind Smart Villages.
This ENRD Seminar gathered rural development practitioners and policy-makers to identify the drivers and practical steps for creating an enabling environment for smart villages and showcase inspiring examples of social and digital innovations revitalising rural services.
The third Thematic Group (TG) meeting focused on digital innovation and discussed the development and provision of digital services in rural areas and communities.
The second Thematic Group (TG) meeting focused on social innovation initiatives and their role in revitalising rural services. It demonstrated that the momentum behind Smart Villages is growing - both on the ground and at a policy level.
The first Thematic Group (TG) meeting discussed integrated strategic approaches to innovation in rural services, emerging projects and the role of Rural Development policy in supporting them, with a particular focus on RDP Measures for basic services and LEADER/CLLD.
The 4th meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) discussed the final outputs from the TG work, reflected on lessons learned, and made proposals for the future ENRD thematic work.
The event discussed how business innovation can be used to revitalise rural areas, including EU policies and tools to support and existing practice to inspire future initiatives.
The 3rd meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' saw an exchange of inspiring examples, with a specific focus on linkages between rural businesses and the wider rural community.
The 2nd meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on ‘Smart & Competitive Rural Businesses’ focused on identifying and analysing main business support tools to: developing and implementing creative and sustainable business ideas; and making use of digitisation for rural businesses.