Publications

Total results: 46.

This is the main report of the eighth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart Villages'. 

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 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 briefing document looks at how the digital strategies, that are being developed at different levels across Europe, can benefit rural communities.

Digitisation can be a powerful force for change – as long as it is adapted to the rural context and implemented with the involvement of rural communities themselves.

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. 

This case study explores ‘reciprocity contracts’ between cities and their surrounding countryside in four pilot areas in France.
It overviews how local government officials and residents from both types of area come together to negotiate win-win partnerships and joint activities in areas of common concern such as employment, the environment and local services. The study considers the governance and funding implications of such partnerships.
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 edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents examples of methods and approaches that have been used across Europe to deliver results on the topics of rural broadband, digital access to market, farm modernisation, market development, rural diversification and sustainable communities.

It hopes to provide inspiration on how to develop the strategies and tools for different types of rural areas to be economically competitive, while at the same time preserving their natural resources and social cohesion.

This case study overviews the steps Spain has taken towards developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives to close the digital divide between urban and rural areas. These initiatives take place at all administrative levels and aim to tackle the acute problem of depopulation of rural areas.

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