Smart Villages is a new concept that can be instrumental for the development of rural areas. EU rural areas are places of great assets and they can become even more attractive if we enable local actors to unlock their potential. Fostering urban-rural linkages and creating synergies can help Europe to achieve more cohesive and balanced development. Participants will be able to take part in interactive thematic discussions with practical examples on how to pursue the transition to smart villages in the fields of renewable energy, digitalization, social innovation, and mobility.

EP, DG AGRI and DG REGIO representatives will discuss with stakeholders from the mountain (Euromontana) and rural areas (RED) of Europe on policy evolution and expectations from smart villages.