The platform brings together rural actors and universities, research centres, tech companies and local authorities, to connect and collaborate for the development of rural territories. The development of this innovative platform is closely linked to the concept of Smart Villages, contributing to improving the quality of life in rural areas.
An external study published by the European Commission analysed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU-added value of the climate action of certain key CAP measures.
The study shows that thanks to CAP support, the agricultural sector has made efforts over time to adapt its practices, while being able to preserve the European family farm model and its diversity and prevent potentially damaging land abandonment in rural areas. The study makes the case for a stronger common agricultural policy for climate action.
A recent ENRD workshop – that took place in Brussels, on 20 June 2019 – highlighted practical examples of using Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) to simplify and improve implementation of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
Representatives from 20 EU Member States and the European Commission, shared knowledge and experience on how SCOs can be developed and introduced in RDPs. Participants also discussed the main stages of a 'roadmap' for introducing an SCO – from recognising and mapping the relevant needs through developing calculation methodologies, consultations, and testing to its successful application.
Find more information and guidance on Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) in our ENRD Publications Library.
Finnish experts from the ProAgria Oulu region advisory service visited the ENRD Contact Point and the Walloon Rural Network in May 2019, within the context of the 3rd meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Bioeconomy.
Over 16 000 Finnish farms have already benefitted from RDP grants of €10 000 each for advisory services on all topics, from greening measures to animal welfare, farm modernisation, competitiveness and energy efficiency.
A successful ProAgria example was the Oulu Bioeconomy Leader Tour, that reached over 2 000 contacts and resulted in 55 rural SMEs investing in the bioeconomy.
These initiatives are bringing effective solutions to the global threats of climate and ecological breakdown, delivering a much broader set of benefits than technological solutions focused only on reducing carbon emissions.
Help to better understand the current and potential uses of precision faming tools – fill in the survey by 15 July 2019!
This survey is targeted at public administrations working on agriculture and rural development (Managing Authorities, Paying Agencies, national and regional ministries and authorities) and farm advisors. The data is used to understand the level of adoption of different technologies, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the uptake barriers.
In the 2014–2020 programming period, 37 Local Action Groups (LAGs) were formed in Slovenia, covering areas with common local needs and challenges in order to attain the objectives of local development strategies.
The Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food has issued a brochure of Slovenian LAGs, presenting general and specific data on the implementation of RDP Measure 19 - LEADER/CLLD in the country and a map of the LAGs with details on their objectives and projects. The publication is also available in English.
Following a first visit in 2017, in May 2019 a group of experts from the European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD) undertook a new mission to China, organised by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
During the ten-day visit, the EU Local Action Group representatives (LAGs) learned about the reality of Chinese rural territories and shared their knowledge about the LEADER approach. The mission resulted in an initial agreement with the Xingguo County, Jiangxi Province that paves the way to establishing the first Local Action Group in China. The choice of Xingguo County, a green tea and orange growing territory known throughout China for its revolutionary past, is symbolic for the launch of a new participatory local development approach based on the European LEADER principles.
Chinese rural territories face poverty, ecological challenges and a need for more effective governance methods. Should the pilot phase be successful, the development of Chinese LAGs could contribute to addressing these issues and offer huge cooperation potential with European LAGs in the future.