The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) have published a new policy briefing entitled ‘Smart villages: concept, issues and prospects for EU rural areas’. This document presents an overview of the Smart Villages concept, its policy framework and the funding opportunities.
The reports highlights that the Smart Villages concept implies the involvement of local people in improving their economic, social or environmental conditions, cooperation with other communities, social innovation and the development of smart village strategies. It also explains that Smart Villages are gaining traction in the rural development sphere , coinciding with the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The full briefing can be found here.