Smart Villages support 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?

No specific information available on this aspect.

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

No specific information available on this aspect.

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Ministry of Agriculture

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CAP 2014-2020

No dedicated support to Smart Villages.

CAP 2021-2027

Not confirmed yet.

At the beginning of November 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture presented initial ideas for implementing Smart Villages in the 2023-2027 CAP Strategic Plan. In summary, they have presented two possibilities:

Making a simple analysis of the situation, needs, action and financial plan for LAG projects in line with the concept of Smart Villages (projects do not have to be financed only through LAG tenders)
Development of smart villages strategy by local stakeholders/communities and applying for projects through LAG tenders.

The proposal was presented at the “State of implementation of Measure 19 and LRS development for the new programming period” Conference (Tuhelj, 2-4 November 2021)


Croatian National Rural Network (Nacionalna Ruralna Mreža)

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CAP Network support

Specific networking activities are organised on Smart Villages


Regularly sharing news/ information on Smart Villages

NRN is primarily focused on sharing information about the Smart Villages concept by publishing news about Smart Villages conferences, projects, publications by other organisations/ projects on their web pages.

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

Reference to Smart Villages but no implementation framework yet.

Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has two important documents for the 2021-2027 period explicitly mentioning Smart Villages:

  1. National Development Strategy (NDS) of the Republic of Croatia until 2030
  2. The Integrated Territorial Program 2021-2027.

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

Smart Villages in Croatia

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