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More than a Village

Project overview

Smart village transition, a model for more competitive and attractive villages in Central Europe

Many rural areas in central Europe struggle with the digital transition. Strategies to become smarter and stay competitive are either missing or hard to transfer. The project “More than a village” is changing this. The partnership develops a smart village model that will make rural regions more attractive for people and businesses. The partnership tests the model including action plans in five different regions with a focus on job creation and business development.

1,71m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

5

Countries

8

Regions

8

Partners

3

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

38%

Project partnership

Project partners

Polska (PL)

Lead partner

LocaI Action Group Association "South Warmia"

Address
Łajsy 3
11-036 Gietrzwałd
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.poludniowawarmia.pl

Project partner

Address
Cyfrowa 6
71-441 Sczecin
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
http://www.balteus.eu
Total partner budget
169,500 €
Address
Piac utca 54
4024 Debrecen
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
https://www.hbmo.hu/
Total partner budget
183,340 €
Address
Lendavska ulica 5a
9000 Murska Sobota
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.itc-cluster.com
Total partner budget
191,520 €
Address
Vukotinovićeva 2
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.irmo.hr
Total partner budget
196,000 €
Address
II. istarske brigade 11
52420 Buzet
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://www.buzet.hr/
Total partner budget
197,852 €
Address
Via G. Colombo 40
20133 Milano
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.poliedra.polimi.it
Total partner budget
223,776 €
Address
Piazza Matteotti 9
16123 Genova
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.anciliguria.it
Total partner budget
176,116 €

Roadmap

1

Challenge

Improving the competitiveness and attractiveness of rural areas in the Central European region to create favourable conditions for residents and local businesses.

2

Specific problem

Compared to urbanised areas, rural areas are characterised by low levels of entrepreneurship and digitalisation and an outflow of young people who move to cities.

3

Idea

Our idea is to implement a smart village approach. This approach focuses on identification and use of local assets of rural regions for enhancing their development, which will improve their attractiveness and competitiveness.

4

Solution

We will develop strategies and test on the ground tailor-made solutions adapted to local needs and contexts. Transnational pilot actions will be developed focusing on: • Business support and digitalisation smart village testing • Smart tourism village testing • Smart agriculture village testing

5

How it works

As part of the transnational pilot actions, the following activities will be tested: • Designing and testing a new Smart Village Hub in South Warmia, Poland • Piloting a new Digital Silver Economy Hub in Hajdú-Bihar County, Hungary • Innovation system for reduction of food loss and waste in Murska Sobota, Slovenia • Virtual agrifood web platform in Buzet, Croatia • Improvement of smart tourism services in Anci Liguria, Italy

News

MTAV partner meeting in Genova, Italy

P1 Smart

NEWS

14.03.2024

MTAV partner meeting in Genova, Italy

On 12-13 March, the second partner meeting of the MTAV project took place in Genova, Italy.

Engaging youth for mutual inspiration

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NEWS

05.03.2024

Engaging youth for mutual inspiration

From 5th to 7th March 2024 the MTAV project together with Interreg Alpine Space SmartCommUnity and Horizon Europe SMART ERA project will participate in a series of meetings, study visits and workshops organised by Region of Valle d’Aosta at Teatro Giacosa, in Aosta.

Continuation of stakeholder consultations

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NEWS

30.01.2024

Continuation of stakeholder consultations

Over the past few months we embarked on a series of stakeholder consultations in Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia. These consultations played a pivotal role in fostering collaboration, exchanging ideas, and laying the foundation for a smarter and more sustainable future for our villages.

MTAV project at the EUSALP Action Group 5 meeting

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NEWS

20.12.2023

MTAV project at the EUSALP Action Group 5 meeting

Recently, the More than a village project was presented at the EUSALP Action Group 5 meeting focusing on the cross-cutting priority on "Promoting the digitisation of the Alps".

First stakeholder meetings behind us!

P1 Smart

NEWS

25.10.2023

First stakeholder meetings behind us!

The #MTAV project is gaining pace. Over the past months, we have been meeting intensively with our stakeholders in order to involve them as much as possible in the project right from the start.

MTAV project at the Digital Alps Conference

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NEWS

05.10.2023

MTAV project at the Digital Alps Conference

On 5th October 2023 the More than a Village project was presented at the Digital Alps Conference in Courmayeur, hosted by EUSALP Action Group 5 and the Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta.

Let’s get to know each other!

P1 Smart

NEWS

18.07.2023

Let’s get to know each other!

We are pleased to present you with a short video of our #MTAV project.

MTAV kick-off: Let’s get started!

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NEWS

11.05.2023

MTAV kick-off: Let’s get started!

On 10th and 11th May 2023, the first meeting of our Interreg CE project #MTAV took place in Olsztyn, Poland.

Events

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Pilot actions

Outputs

Joint strategy on smart village transition

Based on capitalisation on previous projects' results, the exchanged experience, surveys and reports a document containing main criteria and tools for smartness assessment and recommendation for smart village creation and implementation will be prepared
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

Action plans

Development of a Transnational Smart Village transition action plan for previously 5 selected PPs territories: • South Warmia in Poland • Genoese Apennines in Italy • Hajdú-Bihar County in Hungary • Pomurje in Slovenia • Buzet in Croatia
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

Joint solutions to be applied in rural areas

The solutions will be developed based on the lessons learned and conclusions from the implementation of the pilot actions. The solutions set will consist of three smart tools. The first solution will be a smart village business support tool that will contain all the information on business support in rural areas acquired during the implementation of the pilot by the Polish and Hungarian partners. The second solution will be a smart tourism village tool compiling information from enactment of pilot action in Italy. It will concern support for local rural entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. The last solution provides a comprehensive agri-food smart village tool on local agricultural businesses development and support. The tool will bring together lessons learned during pilot implementation in Slovenia and Croatia.
Type of output: Solutions

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Małgorzata Steckiewicz
Phone: +48 691 930 716

Finance Manager

Iwona Hudź
Phone: +48 503 169 633

Communication Manager

Anna Kraszewska
Phone: +48 782 433 630