EU Institutions

Digitalisation and the CAP’s impact on territorial development of rural areas

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has published the information report on the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 on the territorial development of rural areas. This report is an evaluation that includes of an ex-post qualitative analysis of the relevance, effectiveness and civil society’s [...]

2021-05-05T10:58:30+02:00May 5th, 2021|

NEWS | Smart villages: concept, issues and prospects for EU rural areas

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) recently published the briefing 'Smart villages: concept, issues and prospects for EU rural areas'. The document presents an overview of Smart Villages’s concept, its policy framework and the funding opportunities. It also provides information on smart village networks and projects and key [...]

2021-03-10T11:36:39+01:00March 10th, 2021|

NEWS | Commission launches debate on Europe’s ageing population

The European Commission has recently presented the Green Paper on Ageing, launching a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe’s ageing society. In addition, a public consultation will run until 21 April 2021 to collect the public’s views on the impact of this demographic trend. [...]

2021-02-03T20:10:19+01:00February 1st, 2021|

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 [...]

2021-02-03T20:10:32+01:00January 6th, 2021|

NEWS | Young people’s vision for rural areas and digitalisation

On 13 October 2020, the BCO Network Support Facility (in partnership with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development from the European Commission) organised a workshop on young people’s vision for rural areas and digitalisation. The event took place during the European Week of Regions and Cities and [...]

2021-02-03T20:11:22+01:00October 20th, 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 [...]

2021-02-03T20:12:16+01:00August 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 [...]

2021-02-03T20:12:25+01:00August 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 [...]

2021-02-03T20:12:33+01:00August 6th, 2020|

NEWS | White paper on Artificial Intelligence

The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) published by the European Commission in February 2020, sets out policy options on how to achieve the uptake of AI and address the risks associated with certain uses of this new technology. A public consultation is open for citizens and stakeholders [...]

2021-02-03T20:20:37+01:00March 2nd, 2020|

NEWS | Digital strategy for the EU

In February 2020, the European Commission unveiled its ideas and actions for a digital transformation of the EU. It presented a European society powered by digital solutions that puts people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open [...]

2021-02-03T20:20:49+01:00February 27th, 2020|