Smart Villages support in Croatia
The SR21 Country Page
information on Smart Villages in Croatia
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
No formal definition of Smart Villages in Croatia.
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
Digitalisation is not a key feature of Smart Villages, but it is one of the possible activities that will be supported in the Croatian CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social innovation is not a key feature of Smart Villages, but it is one of the possible activities that will be supported in the Croatian CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Agriculture
Rural Development Programme
No dedicated support to Smart Villages.
Yes, direct Smart Villages interventions are planned:
Croatia is planning to implement the ‘Smart Villages’ concept through two approaches,
- Local Development Strategies prepared by LEADER Local Action Groups, as described in the 77.06 LEADER Support (CLLD) intervention of the Croatian CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027 (SO8: Promoting employment, growth, gender equality, including women’s participation in agriculture, social inclusion and local development in rural areas, including circular bioeconomy and sustainable forestry – (Need) P16: Encouraging stakeholder involvement in local development).
Projects to be implemented through the LEADER Local Development Strategies will contribute to the implementation of the Smart Villages concept as long as they contribute to the following:
- innovative and smart solutions in villages;
- digitalisation in agriculture and social activities in villages;
- environmental outcomes in villages.
- The Pilot Programme for Smart Villages (national CAP and other sources of funding).
The Ministry of Agriculture plans to develop a national programme for support of the ‘Smart Villages’ concept to be implemented in pilot rural areas in cooperation with Local Action Groups with the aim of improving and advancing socio-economic and living conditions in villages. The ‘Smart Villages Pilot Area Programme’ will define the criteria for selecting pilot areas, sources and the method of financing, eligible activities, the period of implementation of the programme, and the conditions and means of implementation.
Croatian Rural Network (Nacionalna Ruralna Mreža)
CAP Network support
Specific networking activities on Smart Villages are organised:
Regular dissemination of information on Smart Villages:
the NRN is sharing news, events and project updates by other organisations on its website.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
National Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia
Reference to Smart Villages but no implementation framework yet.
The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has two important documents for the 2021-2027 period explicitly mentioning Smart Villages:
- National Development Strategy (NDS) of the Republic of Croatia until 2030
- The Integrated Territorial Programme 2021-2027.
The Ministries of Agriculture and of Regional Development and EU Funds foresee complementarity and synergy for implementation of Smart Village policies.
Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Croatia on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Croatia country page
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Information will follow soon
Smart Villages in Croatia
Babina Greda is located in Vukovar-Srijem County in Croatia and has a population of 3 585. The municipality of Babina Greda has an excellent geo-traffic position, it is connected to the system of European road routes, and there is a plan for the multi-purpose canal “Danube-Sava” to run through the municipality. Babina Greda is rich in authentic Slavonian villages, customs and culture. The local community is very active, organising numerous events, exhibitions and associations to promote social, cultural, entertaining, artistic, sports and other activities that contribute to enriching the touristic offer and social life. In addition, agricultural holders, business owners and other actors contribute to the economic development of Babina Greda. Areas that need support include: broadband connectivity; employers’ encouragement of teleworking; awareness of the potential benefits of a rural-urban partnership; attracting foreign investment and developing market value-added products.Read more
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Last update: August 31, 2022