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 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.
This case study focuses on the state of play in Germany with regards to the digitisation of rural areas. It presents the current policy framework on national level and key initiatives developed through an intensive resident participation process on regional and local level.
This case study focuses on enhancing broadband infrastructure at the national level, including examples of collaborative actions leading towards the emergence of an innovative and inclusive digital society in rural France.
This case study presents key initiatives across Cornwall and rural UK, focusing on digital inclusion training, enabling digital hubs within communities and e-health innovation.