The thematic group, run by the BCO Network Support Facility, is looking to bring a better understanding on which areas and population groups are under-serviced, and explore ways that aid intervention can be planned for such target areas.
The conference will discuss the future of broadband funding in the new Multiannual Financial Framework and the advances in the Action Plan for Rural Broadband.
This conference will provide an overview of the smart specialisation policy experience, particularly looking at implementation challenges and ways to address them. It will further explore how smart specialisation engages with global value chains and production networks, and how firms, regions and cities can benefit from relationships across the borders.
The event will discuss the current state-of-play of LEADER/CLLD, future policies and tendencies – such as the post-2020 EU Financial Framework and CAP legislative proposals – likely to affect it, as well as the strengths of multi-funded CLLD and simplifying implementation.
The event will overview the variety of EU funds that can be used to support rural areas in the 2014-2020 period and explore the outlook for the post-2020 period in the aim of encouraging an improved use of the funding.
The conference will discuss various aspects of trade marks and geographical indications, with an emphasis on the interactions between these intellectual property rights, and exchange on challenges and opportunities faced by institutional stakeholders and right owners/beneficiaries.
The event will encourage the take-up of public-private partnerships to better allocate local resources to the development of rural communities and their surrounding areas, and expand the outreach to partners in the region.