In rural Estonia, 13 LAGs (out of 26) have started the cooperation project `Smart Villages development programme´ together with 24 villages. The project aims to provide support and training activities to participating villages to create a smart village strategy and to implement innovative pilot activities.
Smart Villages Portal
This edition of the EU Rural Review explores the main features of the social economy, highlighting its relevance for European rural areas and European policy objectives (including the EU Green Deal, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Digital Agenda for Europe).
StartupVillage is a project that combines high connectivity with entrepreneurship and innovation for rural and territorial repopulation, by working with more than 450 entrepreneurs in Spain. Coordinated by Territorio Emprendimiento, it is a spinoff of the European Commission StartupVillage Europe Network (SVEN).
A European Parliament briefing looks at Smart Village concept, issues and prospects for EU rural areas. The document gathers background information, considers the policy framework, lists information sources and funding opportunities and concludes with policy and stakeholder views.
A family acquired almost 40 000 sqm of land and is restoring several houses in the beautiful yet abandoned town of Rio Mouro Pequeno, located in the council of Poio in the province of Pontevedra (Spain). One of these houses will be an eco-farming school with animals, together with different granaries and a mill, while the rest of them will reflect a rural village. It will soon be open to the public and have various activities such as farming courses and school excursions, with the possibility of spending the night over in a hostel.
Follow further developments on Smart Villages in the Preparatory Action on Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century.