What is a smart village? Discover the answer in the video by the EPRS

In recent years, smart villages began to flourish, revitalise and empower rural communities. The concept implies the participation of local people in improving their economic, social or environmental conditions, cooperation with other communities, social innovation and the development of smart village strategies. Although there is no legal definition within EU legislation, the core of smart […]

SSPA Network project: 5 FOR RURAL. Smart Rural Societies

The Confederations of businessmen of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel (CEOEs) are the founding entities of the SSPA Network (Sparsely Populated Areas of Southern Europe), a network that brings together the five provinces recognized by the European Union and by its member states, as sparsely populated due to its population density of less than 12.5 inhabitants/km2.

The […]

PRESS RELEASE – Rural areas should not be left behind in the recovery plans

On March 23, 2021 the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup issued a joint  Press Release:

At the start of the “Rural Vision Week”, members of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have expressed concern that rural areas may benefit less from the European Union’s plans to help rebuild a […]

EPRS Publication – Smart Villages: Concept, Issues and Prospects for EU Rural Areas

On March 1st 2021, the European Parliament Research Services (EPRS), the EP think tank, published a briefing on Smart villages: Concept, issues and prospects for EU rural areas. The paper explores the meaning and implications behind the concept of ‘smart villages’, which touches upon the use of digital technologies and smart solutions as well as […]

A rural agenda is urgently needed for rural areas after COVID crisis

This article was originally published on the official website of the European Committee of the Regions: 
A rural agenda is urgently needed for rural areas after COVID crisis (europa.eu)

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA)&smart villages intergroup at the European Parliament with the supports of the […]

Towards a Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas : Contribution from RUMRA & Smart Villages The European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas


The RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup welcomes and strongly supports the European Commission’s commitment to developing a new Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas, as well as the feedback process the Commission has launched through a Roadmap and a public consultation. We look forward to collaborating with all EU actors to create a holistic 2040 development […]

Unlocking the Full Potential of Rural Areas in Europe : A conversation with Vice-President Šuica

On Thursday 19 November 2020, Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica addressed the members of the ‘RUMRA & Smart Villages’ Intergroup and engaged in a fruitful discussion regarding the upcoming Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas in Europe.

Rural areas in Europe are home to almost 100 million citizens and represent about half the EU territory. […]

1st General Assembly of the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup, 21 October 2020

On 21st October 2020, the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup of the European Parliament held its first  General Assembly. The Executive Board, composed of the Co-chairs (MEPs Franc Bogovič (EPP), Clara Aguilera (S&D), Engin Eroglu (Renew) and Niklas Nienaß (Greens)) and the Vice-Chairs (MEPs Tomislav Sokol (EPP), Hannes Heide (S&D), Atidzhe Alieva-Veli (Renew) and Sarah […]

Inaugural meeting of the new Intergroup SMART Villages for Rural Communities

On 16 July in Strasbourg, Members of the European Parliament Franc Bogovič (EPP) and Engin Ergolu (RE) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Intergroup SMART Villages for Rural Communities.

This Lunch-Debate at the European Parliament was the opportunity to present the new Intergroup, which aims to enable exchanges on innovative ways to create vibrant and attractive rural communities […]

Hybrid Internet as a solution to improve connectivity in EU rural areas

Combining fixed & mobile networks for faster Internet

Thursday 22 November 2018, 13.30 to 15.00am, European Parliament (6th floor – Room: JAN 6Q1)

Co-organised by: Mr PAscal Arimont (Member of the EU Parliament) & tessares.