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: