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NEWS | Pilot projects for Rural Smart Communities

The EU is launching two new large-scale pilot projects to boost rural economies through cross-sector digital service platform. The €30 million initiative, funded through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, focuses on rural digital service platforms, innovation ecosystems and the smart village approach. More than 50 partners from across [...]

2021-01-06T12:55:07+01:00January 6th, 2021|

NEWS | Smart Villages and Rural Digital Transformation

Source: ENRD, 2020 Smart Villages and Rural Digital Transformation is the latest Briefing developed by the European Network for Rural Development to assist Managing Authorities and rural stakeholders in designing and implementing Smart Villages initiatives in key domains. The focus of this document is on promoting digital transformation [...]

2020-10-27T17:40:07+01:00September 21st, 2020|

NEWS | Blockchain solutions for social innovation

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Prize on Blockchains for Social Good has awarded €5 million to six winners selected in a call to identify scalable, deployable and high-impact blockchain solutions for societal challenges. The winning solutions propose blockchain applications for fair trade and circular economy, increasing transparency in [...]

2020-08-06T14:22:11+02:00August 14th, 2020|

NEWS | WiFi4EU – Access to internet for municipalities

In the fourth and latest call of WiFi4EU, over 900 municipalities were awarded vouchers of €15 000, to support the installation of Wi-Fi equipment in public spaces. Browse through the list of awarded municipalities. The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including [...]

2020-08-06T14:20:33+02:00August 11th, 2020|

NEWS | Digital Economy and Society Index 2020 – rural perspectives

In June 2020, the European Commission published its latest report on the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) that monitors Europe’s digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries in digital competitiveness for economy and society. The index provides data on the state of digitisation of each [...]

2020-08-06T12:59:55+02:00August 6th, 2020|

NEWS | Blockchain and wood traceability

The Wood-chain project, funded by PEFC International, will test and stimulate the application of blockchain technology as an innovative IT solution for forestry and wood applications, strengthening traceability and PEFC certification. Blockchain technology may allow a transparent and complete tracking of wood and timber products, fully compatible with [...]

2020-08-06T12:57:57+02:00August 2nd, 2020|

NEWS | Digitalisation as part of rural areas’ future

In two recent documents published by the Horizon 2020 project SHERPA, digitalisation is highlighted as a potential key factor to boost the development of rural areas. SHERPA is supporting  20 Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) in the development of a ‘Long-term vision for rural areas’ based on sound research evidence. [...]

2020-07-28T16:18:43+02:00July 28th, 2020|

NEWS | Rural digitalisation: a policy response priority to COVID-19

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published a policy note on the implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development. The document outlines digitalisation as one of the responses adopted in many member countries to help rural communities and businesses cope and adapt to this [...]

2020-10-27T17:40:09+01:00July 1st, 2020|

NEWS | SmartAgriHubs Open Call – Respond to COVID-19

The SmartAgriHubs project has launched an open call until 3 June 2020 for Digital Innovation Hubs and SMEs to participate in finding collectively digital solutions in response to challenges COVID-19 has posed on the agri-food sector. The open call focuses on the organisation of hackathon type of activities [...]

2020-05-26T15:28:50+02:00May 11th, 2020|

NEWS | Ruritage’s call for resilience actions in the face of COVID-19

The Horizon 2020-funded project, RURITAGE, started a call for action in April 2020 to collect examples of actions of resilience intended to increase and strengthen rural communities during the current global pandemic. Relevant examples will be used in a final report on solutions and initiatives for enhancing resilience [...]

2020-05-26T15:26:15+02:00May 4th, 2020|