This briefing provides references to a selection of planning tools to help practitioners, local decision-makers, and community groups to design and develop sustainable rural services. Even though the focus is clearly set on rural services, each tool can equally fit other types of intervention.
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 briefing explores the different business model that can be put in place to enhance the provision of rural services. Additionally, it sets forward recommendations for selecting the right business model for rural services.
This document presents an overview of the existing policy tools and instruments supporting the bioeconomy at European, national and local level, highlighting their applications and possible synergies.
The document is part of the analytical work carried out by the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy'.