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This page contains specific information about the planning and implementation of smart villages in Italy. 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.
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Key CAP contact(s) :
Support for Smart Villages under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Smart Villages might be included in the National Strategic Framework (developed in the framework of the 2021-27 CAP Strategic Plan), but the tools and operational procedures between national, regional and local levels to ensure its implementation are yet to be defined.
- Through the dialogue on the National Strategic Framework between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Regions (supported by the National Rural Network), thematic working groups and task forces were established that defined and delivered ten SWOT analyses and eleven policy briefs on the future development of CAP in Italy.
- References to topics related to Smart Villages are made in the various policy briefs, in particular in the policy briefs on (i) ‘the promotion of employment, growth, social inclusion and local development in rural areas’ and (ii) ‘AKIS on renovating the agricultural sector through promoting and sharing knowledge, innovation and digitalisation processes in rural areas’.
- Cooperation support and innovation support through EIP-AGRI to Smart Villages will be strengthened while the introduction of AKIS (Agriculture and Knowledge Innovation Systems) will be decisive to reinforce the innovation potential of Smart Villages. Key beneficiaries of these measures will be municipalities, rural and mountainous communities, union of municipalities and SMEs.
- The discussions among thematic experts, social and economic stakeholders as well as civil society representatives, highlighting basic requirements and priority fields for intervention, are currently ongoing.
- The potential connection between different funds with regard to smart villages (in particular with ERDF and EAFRD) was explored in 2020 and is part of a wider debate surrounding the approval of the Partnership Agreement.
Further information on CAP & smart villages :
Key NRN contact(s) :
Activities of the National Rural Network (NRN) on smart villages
- The National Rural Network (NRN) has an interest in smart villages and has given visibility to various initiatives at the European level, such as the ‘Smart Villages’ project funded by the Interreg Alpine Space programme, which has involved several Italian partners and produced policy documents on the transformation and challenges of Italian and European smart villages.
- The NRN is focusing on smart villages in the 2022-2023 transition phase to drive the debate on innovative development of rural areas towards these topics in the next years. A national model will be tested and a series of workshops will be organised in collaboration with CREA to train local stakeholders and LAGs on smart village principles. The objective is to disseminate tools and methodologies, as well as support stakeholders in the realisation of pilot projects to be implemented at the local level.
- The NRN participated in the ‘Smart Villages’ Thematic Group of the European Network for Rural Development Contact Point.
Support provided through other national/ regional policies & initiatives
- The National Strategy for Inner Areas is an integrated strategy aimed at tackling problems such as depopulation, low access to services and lack of development strategies. The Strategy is funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds and national funds. Local integrated development strategies are financed in 72 pilot areas. Multilevel governance and place-based approach are combined in projects involving LEADER Local Action Groups, unions of municipalities, regional and local institutions in its implementation.
- The National Ultra-Broadband Plan (part of the Cohesion Policy under the Digital Agenda priority) will be reinforced and will deploy its effects on a wider number of small municipalities, contributing towards the implementation of Smart Villages schemes.
- The National Recovery Plan (PNRR) is focusing one of its main priorities on digitalisation and enhancement of digital infrastructure in rural areas, even though smart villages are not explicitly mentioned. These actions will be carried out in collaboration with the regions and as a continuation of the current Strategic Rural Plan (PSR), expected to be updated by 31 December 2021.