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This page contains specific information about the planning and implementation of smart villages in Sweden. 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 Sweden.
Key CAP contact(s) :
Support for Smart Villages under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- The preparation of the CAP Strategic Plan and its future interventions is in progress.
- Smart villages will only be included as a possible thematic focus within LEADER, depending on the extent to which the local LEADER strategies are including the concept in their measures. Thus, LEADER will have a supporting role to develop local projects that function as concrete, small-scale smart village initiatives/plans, adjusted to the lo-cal village or community context. In the applications to be approved as LEADER areas, many of the Local Development Plans have special measures for smart villages or are mentioning support to Smart Rural Areas as an objective.
- Broadband and commercial services will not continue to be supported under the CAP. These will be supported through national funding instead.
Key NRN contact(s) :
Activities of the National Rural Network (NRN) on smart villages
- The Swedish NRN runs a thematic working group on ‘smart villages’ and one thematic working group on ‘innovation in rural areas’. They both consist of representatives of national organisations, authorities and associations.
- The working group on ‘smart villages’ has developed a work plan with activities on financing and advice for smart initiatives, methods for local transition/development plan and translation of materials from the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) Contact Point, as well as webinars to inspire cooperation between local, regional and national levels.
- The working group on ‘innovation in rural areas’ has developed a work plan with activities to define and describe methods to guide and promote innovators and innovations, describe innovation infrastructures in rural areas, collect and publish information on good examples and create meeting places and opportunities to exchange experiences of innovations and innovation processes in rural areas.
- The Swedish NRN has had representatives at the ENRD thematic group on smart villages and its meetings.
- As for the future, the Swedish Board of Agriculture suggested that the NRN should play a distinct role within the national coordination of the ‘smart villages’ concept.
Support provided through other national/ regional policies & initiatives
The ‘smart villages’ concept is not included as a specific measure or objective in other Euro-pean structural and investment funds, nor national funding programmes. Nevertheless, it will be possible to fund activities and projects that contribute to the development of a smart village through several of these funds, such as the ERDF, the national funds for commercial services and for broadband.