THE INTERGROUP

SMART Villages for Rural Communities, the Intergroup on Sparsely Populated, Mountainous and Rural Territories, builds on the achievements of the RUMRA Intergroup (2014-2019).

The SMART Villages for Rural Communities promotes integrated development for European territories in all their diversity. The Intergroup enables exchanges on innovative ways to create vibrant and attractive rural communities. It encourages new ways of governance and cooperation in EU territories, through place-based initiatives and the use of technology. The Intergroup aims to strengthen integration and ensure a sustainable future for all Europeans.

The Intergroup connects civil society organisations and policymakers, acting as the voice of rural communities to the European Parliament, with the objective to:

Promote

Promote

the implementation of a dedicated and cross-sectoral approach to territorial development in these areas.

Ensure

Ensure

that sparsely populated, mountainous and rural territories are recognised as areas of opportunity and centres of development, innovation and creativity.

Strengthen

Strengthen

territorial cohesion in the EU, a key principle of the Lisbon Treaty, by addressing the specific needs of these areas.

 We believe in SMART Communities

The well-being of all Europeans relies on the diversity of the EU territories. The EU needs to engage with rural communities in order to reach its economic, social, political and environmental goals.
  • In their everyday life, EU citizens and businesses largely depend on rural areas for food, land use, energy, water, clean air and raw materials.
  • Stronger urban-rural cooperation is needed to ensure territorial cohesion and sustainable development across the EU.
  • Sparsely populated, mountainous and rural territories are a source of creativity and innovation, in which a large part of the European cultural and natural heritage is rooted.

SMART Rural Communities are an integral part of the European project.

Read our 2019 Manifesto