Rural households spend more on energy

A sneak peek into the Eurostat regional yearbook 2023

Smarta - Net

SMARTA - NET: Pioneering the future of smart rural mobility solutions

Building on the foundation of SMARTA and SMARTA 2, SMARTA- NET takes the lead in transforming rural mobility. Led by DG MOVE, this third edition of SMARTA aims to make rural travel more sustainable and empowers local authorities to innovate.

Regiostars 2023

REGIOSTARS Awards 2023 celebrates the excellence of rural projects

The REGIOSTARS awards, Europe's mark of excellence for projects and initiatives funded by Cohesion Policy, has announced the 30 finalists across six thematic categories, among which a number of rural projects are nominated. Discover them and support them with your vote!

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Rural areas supporting sustainable urban food systems through innovative food public procurement

In an era where sustainability is no longer a choice but a necessity, cities and rural areas across Europe are stepping in maximising the potential of working together to ensure sustainable food systems. Taking on the challenge to push for more organic, local, and sustainable food systems, URBACT cities are leading by example fostering innovation in public procurement working with rural areas.


Transforming rural areas through the New European Bauhaus (NEB)

The "BAUHAUS EUROACE Network of Villages for the Future" project, financed by the New European Bauhaus (NEB), has launched a policy brief emphasising the crucial role of rural villages within the European Union (EU).

New European Bauhaus

SURVEY "Promoting cultural policies in rural areas within the framework of development and territorial cohesion strategies and the 2030 agenda."

A survey has been launched to gather insights for the upcoming CoR (Committee of the Regions) initiative on "Promoting cultural policies in rural areas within the framework of development and territorial cohesion strategies and the 2030 agenda."

CoR Survey

Smart Rural 27 - 3rd session of the Renewable Energy Cluster

Register for the open Session of the Smart Rural 27 Renewable Energy Cluster with focus on the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II in Europe – 12 September 2023 (online)

Smart Rural 27

Join the Harnessing Talent Platform to retain talent in rural areas

The much-awaited Harnessing Talent Platform (HTP) was officially launched, heralding a new era of opportunities for rural areas. Via this platform, the European Commission shares relevant information and promotes events, best practices as well as access to technical assistance and advice to regions in need, including a dedicated helpdesk.

Harnessing Talent Platform