- Upcoming relevant events: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1498_en
- Follow the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD): https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/
- ENRD & Smart Villages: https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/enrd-thematic-work/smart-and-competitive-rural-areas/smart-villages_en
- Smart Villages Network: https://www.smart-village-network.eu/
Joint Seminar between Czech EU Presidency, the CoR and our RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup on Community-led Local Development and Smart Villages as Innovative Tools for Effective Development of the Rural Areas
This seminar will be part of the Presidency of the Czech Republic in the Council of the EU and will be organized jointly by the NAT commission of the CoR and the European Parliament Intergroup RUMRA/Smart Villages. It is closely connected to the Long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas, published at the end of June 2021. The seminar will represent an important contribution to the Rural Pact process launched in June 2022 and builds on the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe. It is also connected to the start of implementation of the programming period 2021-2027 in most of the member states, introducing Smart Villages as a new EU policy and promoting wider use of territorial instruments and integrated approaches like LEADER/CLLD.
Other partners will be MEP Stanislav Polčák (EPP), the Ministry of the Regional Development of the Czech Republic, the European Smart Villages Forum, and the European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD).
Ivan Bartoš, Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development will be our special guest, alongside EU Commissioner Wojciechowski (tbc)