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.
of the Budget is funded by ERDF
LocaI Action Group Association "South Warmia"
9000 Murska Sobota
Improving the competitiveness and attractiveness of rural areas in the Central European region to create favourable conditions for residents and local businesses.
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.
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.
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
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
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