Publications

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This edition focuses on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal’ in rural development, exploring what is being done to welcome and support a new generation of farmers, including through the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The edition also includes the regular ‘News and updates’ from the ENRD and the EU, as well as the usual ‘Rural perspectives’ bringing you stakeholder voices on topics ranging from the largest ever LEADER/CLLD survey to the new CAP delivery model.

This document summarises the main outcomes of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' and is intended to assist policy-makers with improving the support system for businesses in rural areas. 
It covers topics such as: 
  • identifying new trends, opportunities and ‘wild ideas’ for rural businesses; 
  • business support approaches to help realise innovative business ideas;
  • supporting access to broadband and digitisation opportunities; and 
  • building digital capacity. 
The factsheet overviews the digital divide between urban and rural areas, the practice of rural digital hubs, short examples and relevant ENRD resources.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 

This edition gives a lot of attention to what happened at the major European Conference on Rural Development in Cork, Ireland 5-6 September 2016 – known as ‘Cork 2.0’. The thematic section has “A focus on… Cork 2.0", providing an overview of the event, the main messages of the workshops, the resulting ‘Cork 2.0 Declaration’ in full and a series of 20 different participant reactions.

The edition also includes the regular “News and updates” from the ENRD and the EU as well as the usual “Rural issues, Rural perspectives” section. This features a range of stakeholder voices on topics ranging from transnational cooperation to local consultation and from a growing European network of artists to the first ever rural digital hub in Ireland.

News and updates covered by the spring 2015 edition of Rural Connections include the new ENRD Contact Point 2014-2020, an update from EIP-AGRI and the first ever Rural Networks' Assembly.

The "Rural issues, Rural perspectives" section features stakeholder voices speaking about topics ranging from community-led local development to a new cross-party rural group in the European Parliament and from transnational co-operation projects to the first ever Scottish Rural Parliament.

This edition also features “A Focus On…” stakeholder involvement, with reports from Northern Ireland on engaging women in the RDP and from Spain on developing forest management collectives.