Babina Greda is located in Vukovar-Srijem County in Croatia and has a population of 3 585. Rich in authentic Slavonian villages, customs and culture, the municipality enjoys an active local community and a booming socio-cultural life. It strives to capitalise on community activities, attract investment in agriculture, and digitise farms in order to attract young people and revive the village.
Babina Greda rewards best performing students
The Babina Greda municipality rewarded the best performing eight grade students on the territory of the municipality with IT equipment worth 500 Kuna per student (approximately 67 euros). The best performing student, with the highest grade average for all eight years of study, was awarded a laptop.
Babina Greda inspires and trains local farmers in organic farming
The Babina Greda municipality, jointly with the University of Osijek and within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project, has organised a series of lectures and field demonstrations for local farmers on topics such as organic farming and smart agriculture practices.
Geothermal potential exploration in Babina Greda
The Municipality of Babina Greda and Vukovar-Srijem County have included among their strategic priorities the exploration and exploitation of the geothermal potential of the area as this is expected to support sustainable housing and create new jobs.
Babina Greda highlighted as a good example of a ‘Smart Village’
Babina Greda was highlighted as a good practice example of the application the ‘Smart Village’ concept at a dedicated conference attended by leading Croatian experts on rural community empowerment, Croatian EU Commissioner Dubravka Šuica and MEP Tomislav Sokol. The mayor of the Babina Greda municipality, Josip Krnić, was also among the panellists.
A proud cultural tradition preserved and promoted in Babina Greda
Babina Greda’s seven reading rooms are a special feature of the village and unique to the whole of Croatia. Preserving a century-old tradition, the reading rooms were at the centre of cultural life in the first half of the 20th century.
Babina Greda promotes local dishes and lifestyle
Croatian singer and cooking show host Ivana Banfić visited Babina Greda with her I Bee cooking show team to see and experience the local traditions and way of life. The locals took the opportunity to promote the village by showing life in the countryside, cooking traditional dishes, and singing local songs.
Horse breeding in Babina Greda
Babina Greda has a long tradition of horse breeding. It annually holds the ‘White Horse’ manifestation, aiming to continue the horse breeding tradition and inspire love for horses. The manifestation is one of the longest-running events in Croatia and is a basis for the development of equestrian tourism.
Geothermal exploration project ready to kick off
The ‘Slavonia’ project for exploration and exploitation of the geothermal potential of the area surrounding (but not limited to) Babina Greda is now ready to kick off!
Babina Greda celebrates Slavonic culture and tunes
On the second weekend of every June, Babina Greda is the place to be, as a three-day festival takes place to celebrate, preserve and spread the tastes and tunes of traditional Slavonic culture. The most special treat is bećarac, the most popular musical tune of the area, which is included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.
Babina Greda seeks to preserve and brand local products
A forthcoming smart action for Babina Greda is to protect and preserve authentic local products in order to give them a new value, a new brand. Branding the finest local products will contribute to the development of the area, thus employing and opening new markets.
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