Publications

Total results: 23.
This is the main report of the first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart Villages'. 
It outlines four integrated and strategic approaches to supporting social and digital innovations in rural services responding to fundamental rural challenges such as depopulation, the digital divide, centralisation of public services. Additionally, the report provides tips on how to build integrated strategies for revitalising rural services.

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.

The factsheet overviews business-support tools supported under the Rural Development Programme (RDPs), including knowledge transfer, advisory services, farm and business development, basic services, Cooperation (M16) and LEADER/CLLD.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 
This is the main report of the fourth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores the Finnish approach to supporting businesses in rural areas, including inspiring businesses and the 'Smart Countryside' initiative. 
Additionally, it overviews methods for turning the TG's outputs - case studies and Rural Development Programme (RDP) analysis - into useful tools, and members' perspectives on how the TG met the initial expectations.
This briefing was prepared as background material for the ENRD Thematic Work on 'Social Inclusion' (2017-2018). 
It covers topics such as addressing nutritional, housing and health needs.
This comparative case study on 'Community broadband: new digital opportunities for rural areas' is based on two innovative examples: the North-Western Kuhmo Village Optical Fibre Cooperative (Finland) and the Molenwaard Civil Society Broadband (the Netherlands). 
The study explores how to most effectively set up and operate broadband networks in rural areas through community engagement, with a strong focus on practical implementation aspects (including first steps, main triggers, initiators, financial and human resources, challenges and lessons learnt).
This briefing was prepared as background material for the ENRD Thematic Work on 'Social Inclusion' (2017-2018). 
It focuses on available Rural Development Programme (RDP) support for social inclusion, including LEADER/CLLD and networking.
This is the main report of the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017).
It examines a range of EU policies and tools for business innovation, including digitisation, smart specialisation, and social innovation. It also features examples of rural business innovation and explores how such initiatives can be supported and extended through the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
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 final report of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' (2016-2017) summarises the main recommendations and outputs from the TG's work. Additionally, it overviews the context, objectives, approach, methods and activities of the TG.

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