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 […]

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 […]