This document overviews examples of initiatives and strategies related to 'Smart Villages' implemented at national and regional levels, as well as the role of Rural Development policy in supporting them.
The information is based on an EU-wide screening carried out by the ENRD Contact Point. Additionally, the document provides the timeplan of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart Villages' in 2017-2018.
This edition examines in depth the concept of ‘rural proofing’ and how it has been applied in practice. It studies the UK and Nordic approaches and features the visions of European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, and Guillaume Cros, member of the European Committee of the Regions.
The edition also includes the regular ‘News and updates’ from the ENRD and the EU, as well as the usual ‘Rural issues, Rural perspectives’ bringing you stakeholder voices on topics ranging from community-led rural broadband initiatives to the first ever European Rural Youth Parliament.
This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used not only to support individual rural businesses, but also to create the kind of enabling environment that allows businesses to prosper in rural areas.
Supporting rural business usually means providing strategic interventions that can increase the likelihood of successful, self-sustaining economic activities in rural areas.
The projects highlight inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses, as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.