REPORT ON THE LONG TERM VISION passed in plenary on 13.12.2022

The European Parliament voted nearly unilaterally in favour of the report on the long-term vision for rural areas, which was written by our RUMRA and Smart Villages Intergroup Member Isabel Carvalhais. Our co-chair, Franc Bogovič, shadowed the text for the EPP Group and our Member Jérémy Decerle for Renew Europe. The fact that the report […]

The RURALIZATION Project: Opening rural areas to renew rural generations, jobs and farms

The RURALIZATION project aims to look at ways to overcome rural decline issues that support rural regeneration and generational renewal. The empirical focus of the project was to develop, assess and disseminate novel instruments, strategies and policies that cater for rural regeneration, in relation to the future dreams of rural youth, facilitating rural newcomers, succession […]

MEP Engin Eroglu on Benefits of the Future of Europe Conference for Smart Villages

Benefits of the Future of Europe Conference for Smart Villages
MEP Engin Eroglu
A number of persistent prejudices against rural and remote regions still persist today. Behind these stereotypes and tribalism, the fact that more than half of Europe’s population comes from rural and remote regions is all too often hidden. Rural regions are therefore not strange […]

MEP Hannes Heide on Tourism in Rural Areas

Tourism in Rural Areas
MEP Hannes Heide

Tourism has collapsed everywhere during the lockdown. Numerous companies are still threatened with bankruptcy. On the other hand, outdoor tourism in rural areas is experiencing an economic boom due to the pandemic. „Many small businesses benefit from this and most of the added value remains in the region“, reports RUMRA […]

Sign the Manifesto for Rural Innovation

REInA (Rural European Innovation Area) is a pan-European open platform which aims to gather innovative initiatives to support the creation of a new Rural European Innovation Area. The objective of REInA is to be the loudspeaker for European rural area voices, pushing their development, growth, business and natural resources by a fair, green and sustainable […]

Dive into the key data for EU rural areas. The Commission breaks it down by topic.

In the context of the long-term vision for rural areas, the European Commission has made available on its website key data for EU rural areas broken down by topic. The data, which is up-to-date, covers a wide range of categories, such as topography, demography, social inclusion, access to service and infraestructure… etc.

Looking at the data, […]

Register to event with EU40 on Promoting Regional Funding – Wednesday, 2 June at 14h

Promoting Regional Funding – How to maximise the use for our rural regions
Wednesday, 2 June 2021 | 14:00H | Register here

Hosted by Niklas Nienaß, Vice-Chair of the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup in the European Parliament.

How can we tap the full potential of the variety of our Investment and Structural Funds and simultaneously trigger more […]

The European Commission launches the Atlas of Demography (AoD)

On 29 April 2021, Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica (Vice-President for Democracy and Demography) and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) launched the first edition of the EU Atlas of Demography in a panel discussion with the President of the Committee of the Regions Apostolos Tzitzikostas and the Portuguese Minister of […]

Read the article by MEP Engin Eroglu on “Advantages of Big Data AI for Smart Villages”

Advantages of Big Data AI for Smart Villages

The analysis and use of Big Data is increasingly becoming the focus of public attention. Big Data refers to data volumes that are too large, too complex, too fast-moving or too weakly structured to be analysed using manual and conventional data processing methods.

Unfortunately, the term Big Data is […]

Commissioner Suica at SILVER SMEs conference – Press Release by Euromontana

Press release
Commissioner Šuica reaffirms the opportunities to tackle demographic change in rural and mountainous areas at SILVER SMEs conference

On 21 April 2021, Euromontana organised an online conference on the challenges and solutions to cope with ageing in rural Europe co-organised with the Provincial Government of Teruel, in the framework of the Interreg Europe SILVER SMEs […]