Bio-economy

Rural pact

New Podcast of DG AGRI – Rurality: Working for a more attractive and prosperous countryside in Europe

Source: European Commission The European Commission (DG AGRI) has just released the latest podcast on the long term vision for rural areas with a focus on how to attract young people through innovation. As Europe’s rural population ages and diminishes in size, Food for Europe… Read More »New Podcast of DG AGRI – Rurality: Working for a more attractive and prosperous countryside in Europe

Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

Source: European Commission The Commission launched on the 16 November the Start-up Village Forum to gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU’s June 2021 long-term vision for rural areas and the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual… Read More »Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

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

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

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The ENRD publishes an article on Smart Villages and the European Green Deal: making the connections.

Source: European Network for Rural Development This document contains the personal reflections of Professor Bill Slee on the links between Smart Villages and the European Green Deal. As an active member of the ENRD Thematic Group on Smart Villages, he argues that smart rural communities… Read More »The ENRD publishes an article on Smart Villages and the European Green Deal: making the connections.

The handbook for the deployment of rural broadband just published by the European Commission

Source: The Broadband Competence Offices Network The Broadband Competence Offices Network has published the new Handbook: ‘Facing the challenges of broadband deployment in rural and remote areas’.  This is a handbook for rural policy makers and broadband project managers who wish to roll-out high-speed networks… Read More »The handbook for the deployment of rural broadband just published by the European Commission