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.
It provides information about how a specific village (Lormes, France) has embarked on a participative process to co-design a ‘village of the future’ and the way they have built different components of the local ‘digital ecosystem’. The report also outlines similar initiatives and plans for developing local digital ecosystems in Germany, Spain and Donegal (Ireland).
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 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 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.