Publications

Total results: 22.

This case study explores a holistic approach to the digitisation of rural services, implemented by the the Fraunhofer Institute in several pilot villages in Germany. The creation of a common digital platform has enabled the development of new solutions for the supply of local goods, communication, mobility and e-government through shared services and common rules.

This case study explores the Finnish ‘Smart Countryside’ analysis of the challenges facing the country's rural areas and the opportunities offered by digitisation. It overviews a range of recommendations for improving digital innovations in rural services that have been used to inform both existing and new programmes in Finland.

This is the main report of the fourth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart Villages'. 
It overviews the main suggestions made by TG members on the future direction of the ENRD thematic work, looking specifically at areas in which the TG could support the practical implementation of ideas behind Smart Villages.
This is the main report of the fifth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart Villages'. 
It overviews the main ideas on how to design 'Smart Village Strategies' which effectively empower rural communities in different national contexts.
This is the main report of a dedicated ENRD Seminar, which overviews the drivers and practical steps for creating an enabling environment for Smart Villages. 
It outlines the wide range of existing tools that can support long-term integrated strategies and rural communities in the implementation of projects that benefit their territories.
This is the main report of the second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart Villages'. 
It outlines ways in which rural communities across Europe are developing innovative local solutions and imaginative approaches to cuts in rural transport, energy, social care, education, service integration, as well as to the threat of climate change. Additionally, it provides recommendations for building a more favourable, enabling environment for 'Smart Villages'.
This is the main report of the third meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart Villages'. 
It outlines EU policies and tools to improve connectivity, skills and the application of digital technologies, and some practical steps for progressing digital innovation in rural areas.
This document compiles over 35 projects related to the topic of 'Smart Villages'. All projects have been kindly provided by the members of the ENRD dedicated Thematic Group (TG).
Please, note that the information provided in this document has not been validated by the ENRD Contact Point. For more project examples and initiatives, please visit the Smart Villages Portal.

This issue of the EU Rural Review showcases rural communities across Europe taking the initiative to find practical solutions to challenges they face and seize new opportunities.

It explores how digital and social innovation can be used in new, creative ways to improve basic services in rural areas. It further looks at national and regional approaches to creating an enabling environment, as well as how the Rural Development Programmes can catalyse rural service innovation.

The content of this edition has been informed by the broader ENRD thematic work on ‘Smart Villages’.

This case study explores one of the most comprehensive and integrated strategies for tackling the problems of depopulation and low access to services in Europe: the 'Strategy for inner areas' in Italy. All four European Structural and Investment Funds are combined with national finance to support strategies for both local development and service innovation in 72 pilot areas across the country. 

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