Smart Villages

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‘Smart Villages’ is the current sub-theme of the broader ENRD thematic work on ‘Smart and competitive rural areas’.

A Thematic Group (TG) is working on this topic between September 2017 and July 2018. The TG focuses on ways of revitalising rural services through digital and social innovation. It explores how rural services – such as health, social services, education, energy, transport, retail – can be improved and made more sustainable through the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and through community-led actions and projects.

The TG contributes to the EU Action for Smart Villages by enabling exchange on innovative ways of creating more vibrant, sustainable and attractive rural areas and by exploring how the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) can be best used to support this.

Information on Thematic Group meetings and related thematic outputs will be uploaded here on a regular basis.

Visit the ENRD Smart Villages Portal and discover the many inspiring networks and initiatives across Europe.

Thematic Group

Case studies ​

Collection of projects NEW! 

Briefings NEW! 

EU Rural Review 26 NEW!