June 2020

The European Innovation Council awards €5 million to blockchain solutions for social innovation

Source: European Commission 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… Read More »The European Innovation Council awards €5 million to blockchain solutions for social innovation

Policy implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development | Interesting results presented in the latest OECD policy note

Source: OECD This note focuses on the implications of COVID-19 on rural development and the policy responses that OECD member countries are adopting. It first discusses the economic effects on rural regions followed by an identification of opportunities and associated challenges. The note then summarises… Read More »Policy implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development | Interesting results presented in the latest OECD policy note

Study on financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States

Source: Fi-compass This fi-compass study aims to support EAFRD managing authorities in planning and programming the use of financial instruments in their CAP Strategic Plans for the 2021-2027 programming period. The study investigates the financing needs of the agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU… Read More »Study on financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States

What does the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report tell us about digital development in rural areas? Not enough

On the 12 June the Commission released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries concerning their digital competitiveness. This year’s DESI shows that there has been progress in… Read More »What does the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report tell us about digital development in rural areas? Not enough

The CAP is not halting biodiversity decline caused by intensive farming, the EU Court of Auditors says

Source: EU Court of Auditors The common agricultural policy (CAP) was not effective in reversing the decades-long decline in biodiversity and intensive farming remains a main cause of biodiversity loss, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The auditors found… Read More »The CAP is not halting biodiversity decline caused by intensive farming, the EU Court of Auditors says

Smart Villages: Final Report of the Pilot Project on smart-eco-social villages published by the European Commission

Source: DG AGRI, European Commission The Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages, initiated by the European Parliament, was completed by a consortium consisting of Ecorys, Origin for Sustainability and R.E.D. between January 2018 and April 2019. The conclusions of the Pilot Project reflected in the … Read More »Smart Villages: Final Report of the Pilot Project on smart-eco-social villages published by the European Commission