The Smart Rural 21 project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim of promoting and inspiring villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.
21 rural communities from throughout the EU were initially selected from a total of 736 applications to receive bespoke guidance and technical support as part of this project. Dingle / Corca Dhuibhne, in Co. Kerry was chosen as the Irish representative in this exciting initiative. You can read more about this project on pages 10-12 of the first edition of the NRN’s ‘Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland’ newsletter here.
The final conference of the Smart Rural 21 project was held in Poland on the 17th-18th of October 2022. This was an opportunity to present the outcomes of the project, which is the result of intensive collaboration between rural communities and other relevant stakeholders across Europe to realise Smart Villages on the ground since December 2019.
A full recording of the first day of the final conference is available here. More information on the Smart Rural 21 project can be found here.
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