Smart villages and an effective rural pact are essential to ensure the development of rural areas. Photo credit: KK/BrnoDaily.
Czech Republic, Oct. 31 (BD) – On October 27-28, at a conference on rural development in Lednice, the Czech Republic presented its Rural Pact, a strategy that brings together citizens, local authorities and other partners to promote rural development in the Czech Republic. the country. The main topics were smart villages and support for rural areas by EU funds.
Representatives of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament also pledged to work for a real revitalization of the countryside and signed a joint declaration “Together for a smart rural Europe “.
The seminar was jointly organized by the CoR’s Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) and the European Parliament, in particular its Rural, Mountain and Remote Areas (RUMRA) and Smart Villages sub-groups. The needs of citizens living outside the main urban centers are at the center of the Czech Rural Pact, which was presented Thursday in Lednice at a seminar titled “Local community development and smart villages as innovative tools for sustainable development effective rural”.
“To achieve territorial cohesion, we need a holistic approach, linking the concepts of smart villages, smart cities and smart regions,” said Radim Sršeň, Czech Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Vice-President of the NAT committee. “We need to reduce the development gap between urban and rural areas through European investment funds and instruments such as CLLD (Community-Led Local Development), regularly applying Territorial Impact Assessments and “rural proofing”.
“It’s about how to use all the resources we have to solve rural problems,” said Jan Grolich, governor of the South Moravia region. “Whether it’s local energy based on renewable sources or technologies that can improve access to basic services in the areas of health, social care, commerce or culture. South Moravia wouldn’t be what it is without the villages, and we need to do everything in our power to keep the countryside a unique and vibrant place.
According to Franc Bogovič, co-president of the RUMRA and Smart Villages intergroup of the European Parliament, the pandemic and the war have brutally exposed the vulnerability and dependence of EU regions. “Smart villages that enrich and support our rural lives are a big part of the solution. They strengthen rural communities and give them the tools they need to fill their gaps,” he said. “Our rural areas have the potential to be the most flexible and therefore resilient regions on our continent, with local people empowered and able to find sustainable solutions on the fly. This applies to connectivity, sustainable and precision agriculture, e-health, tourism, energy, mobility, education and social cohesion.
Local leaders, Members of the European Parliament and national and regional experts also discussed the way forward for the current EU financial period and shaping future programming periods with a long-term vision. The conclusions and findings were summarized in a statement “Together for a smart rural Europe”, which was adopted by the participants at the end of the event.
The Rural Pact is one of the initiatives announced in the long-term vision of the Commission on Rural Affairs, published at the end of June 2021. The objective of the Pact is to mobilize public authorities and stakeholders to meet the needs and aspirations of rural. communities. It aims to provide a common framework for engagement and cooperation at European, national, regional and local level.
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