What is the project about?
The ‘Smart Rural’ project is a two and a half-year project coordinated by E40 Group and supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future CAP interventions on smart villages.
17 villages are selected across Europe to receive guidance and technical support through the project. 5 villages have already been selected in Ireland, Finland, France, the Czech Republic and Greece, and further 12 villages will be selected across Europe.
Is our village an ideal candidate?
Your village is an ideal candidate if it:
ideas and inspiration
to become a smart village
who are committed to develop and implement a smart village strategy
Has the relevant
to mobilise for the smart village process
Would benefit from
specific expert guidance
to progress with village development plans
Ideally has some basic
, including sufficient broadband connectivity or relevant infrastructure (e.g. community spaces) – although this is not a pre-condition
Ideally has some
initial ideas, flagship projects
or planning activities done that the smart village process can build on – although this is not a pre-condition
open to knowledge exchange and cooperation
with other villages and stakeholders
What do you get if selected?
Specialist expert support for strategy development & implementation
You can visit and get inspiration from other villages
You can take part in exchange and capacity building with other participant villages through the Smart Village Academy events
Your village will gain visibility in European-level discussions and exchanges
If you think your village is ready to undertake an exciting smart village journey, then apply until 11 May 2020 to become one of the participant villages in the Smart Rural Project!
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