Smart and Competitive Rural Areas

'Smart and Competitive Rural Areas' is one of the broad themes of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) in the 2014-2020 programming period.

This theme directly links to the following three EU Rural Development policy priorities:

Priority 1: Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry, and rural areas.

Priority 2: Enhancing farm viability and competitiveness of all types of agriculture in all regions and promoting innovative farm technologies and the sustainable management of forests.

Priority 3: Promoting food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture.

So far, work under the theme of ‘Smart and competitive rural areas’ 2014-2020 has focused on the following sub-themes:

  1. Food and Drink Supply Chains
  2. Rural Businesses