The Romanian village Remetea has a population of 6 171 inhabitants. It has strong traditions, is rich in mineral water springs and supplies, and its community has a keen entrepreneurial spirit. Remetea is eager to learn from and exchange with other villages on the way to creating an integrative development approach, including economic development, health, innovation and education.
Remetea hosts futuristic photo exhibition
The Remetea Town Hall is hosting an exceptional exhibition, featuring photos of the micro and macro worlds, invisible to the naked eye, including images of the Maros river basin – reconstructed from 250 photos – and the Horsehead Nebulon in Orion, located 1 300 light years away. The ‘Father and Son’ exhibition by Remetea artists Szabolcs Mincsor and Tamás Mincsor was opened on 25 March 2021. The artists have used innovative drone technology to take the photos and special software in…
Easter in Remetea
This year’s Easter celebrations in Remetea were limited by the Covid restrictions, however, the local community managed to observe several religious customs. Those included the fire, water and food consecration ceremonies, as well as the traditional ‘watering’ which, according to local traditions, consists of boys and men sprinkling perfume or pouring water on girls and women on Easter Monday to make them flourish throughout the year. The girls and women then give hand-decorated Easter eggs to the boys and men,…
Remetea and sustainable online learning
The quick digitalisation of education due to Covid distancing measures introduced important changes in Remetea: the municipality had to quickly supply the equipment necessary for online learning; and find a way to manage the consequences of children’s and parents’ increased time in front of screens. The former issue was dealt with by purchasing and distributing 400 tablets to families with schoolchildren and in need of a device to follow classes online. The latter issue was addressed in an innovative way…
Early childhood education in Remetea
Remetea’s early childhood education and development programme has been running since 2011, bringing parents and toddlers together to share experiences, learn and play. The weekly sessions feature creative and engaging development techniques and are led by a mental hygiene specialist, Lujza Czirják, who also provides personalised advice and individual support on request. The programme is attended by a small but steady number of parents and children in two separate groups intended for babies and toddlers. Discussions and activities reflect the…
Meet the Mayor of Remetea!
Watch the video below to get acquainted with the Mayor of Remetea, Mr. Elemér Laczkó-Albert, and listen to him talk about his life, personal views and commitment towards the inhabitants and the sustainable development of the village. Subtitles are enabled, but in case they do not appear automatically, you can activate them by pressing the ‘subtitles/closed captions (c)’ button in the YouTube menu of the video.
Remetea: Smart Rural 21 ‘Village of the Month’ in April
Remetea is the Smart Rural 21 'Village of the Month' in April, during which we will feature updates from the village, as well as its unique culture and traditions. Remetea is one of over 800 Romanian villages, located mainly in the counties of Covasna, Harghita and Mureş, in which the main language spoken is Hungarian. These Hungarian-speaking villages contribute to the rural diversity of the country which has approximately 13 000 villages in total, each with their own specific regional…
Remetea’s support group for the elderly
Remetea runs a support group for elderly people on a bi-monthly basis since 2009 to maintain the physical health and keep up the spirits of the elderly. On top of the bi-monthly meetings and with the help of the responsible social worker, Róbert Péter, the group organises special events such as carnival parties, summer hiking trips, Elderly World Day events, and Christmas celebrations. The 25 members of the group share hobbies, concerns, family issues, offer help in managing small everyday…
Smart Rural Communities Cafés are organised for selected and Come Along! Smart Rural 21 villages. Each café is hosted by the representative(s) of a local community who talk about the community’s approach to ‘smart villages’, community engagement, inspiring initiatives and much more… During the Smart Cafés village representatives can discuss informally ideas, approaches and questions ... Read more
Smart Village Academy
Two Smart Rural Academy online events were organised within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project, with the participation of over 100 village representatives (from the 21 participant and Come Along! villages), Smart Rural 21 core team members and national experts. The main purpose of the meetings was to inspire participants through presenting and ... Read more
The Smart Rural project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.
- Dec 2019 - Smart Rural 21 project started.
- Jan 2020 - Strategy development started with five preselected villages.
- Jan – Jun 2020 - Application to become one of the additional 16 villages.
- Jun 2020 - 16 additional villages selected & started strategy developement.
- 27 Oct 2020 - 1st Smart Village Academy
- Dec 2020 - All selected villages complete their smart strategies
- Feb 2021 - Smart action planning starts in all 21 villages
- 23-24 Feb 2021 - 2nd Smart Village Academy
- Jul 2021 - Selection of 2 villages to complete strategic actions in full
- Sept 2021 - 2nd Regional Workshop
- Jun 2021 - 1st Regional Workshop (Northern Region)
- Dec 2021 - Strategic action support completed in 21 villages
- Apr 2022 - Final Conference
- Jun 2022 - Smart Rural 21 project ends