Successful stories can inspire more people to replicate similar initiatives elsewhere and unlock the potential of the EAFRD to help rural areas meet the wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. For this to happen, though, key information about the projects has to be collected and effectively shared.
The theme of this year's Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2021 is 'Our Rural Future' in line with the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas developed by the European Commission. In this edition, we received 125 entries from 22 Member States for the four thematic categories: Green Futures, Digital Futures, Resilient Futures and Socially Inclusive Futures.
The jury nominated a winner per thematic category and around 10 200 people from all around Europe decided the winner of the Popular Vote category through online voting. European Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski announced during the virtual Award Ceremony the five winners for the Rural Inspiration Awards 2021.
Meet the winners