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This page contains specific information about the planning and implementation of smart villages in Estonia. The information aims to orient people on policy planning, key contacts and resources on smart villages. However, it neither aims to be fully comprehensive, nor necessarily reflects the official government or European Commission position.
Explore how smart villages are being implemented in Estonia.
Key CAP contact(s) :
Support for Smart Villages under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Smart Villages is seen in Estonia as a key concept that can help overcoming local challenges and addressing local needs in sectors such as transport, energy, healthcare, education and other services. As a result, the Smart Villages initiative features in the needs assessment for the 2021-2027 CAP in Estonia and it has been mentioned as a key area in the Agricultural and Fisheries Development Plan 2030.
- Due to the reduction in the overall CAP budget during the 2021-27 programming period, the Smart Villages initiative is expected to be relatively small-scale, possibly integrated within LEADER (cooperation). It is also likely that LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) will have the opportunity to adapt the smart village concept to their specific local needs (e.g. in terms of eligible beneficiaries, village requirements, potential resources, etc.). In this context, Smart Villages aspects might become one of the key objectives and result indicators within local development strategies.
- A more detailed needs assessment is still ongoing and therefore, it is not yet confirmed how far Smart Villages might be supported through other CAP measures.
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Key NRN contact(s) :
Activities of the National Rural Network (NRN) on smart villages
- The Estonian NRN has been working on the Smart Villages theme since the end of 2017. The NRN’s main goal is to collect and disseminate information and good examples of smart villages and act as a platform that brings together different stakeholders who can contribute to the development of smart villages.
- The Estonian NRN has been actively involved in EU-level networks and activities, such as contributing to the ENRD Thematic Group on Smart Villages (since 2017), taking part in the first Smart Village Network meeting, and participating in the Workshop on „Smart eco-social villages” organised at the EU level.