Smart Villages support in Cyprus

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

’Smart Rural Areas’ are ’Collaborating Rural Areas’ that design and implement Smart Local Strategies based on a participatory approach to promote their attractiveness as living and working areas.

Smart solution interventions, including smart agriculture interventions, are implemented, stemming from the needs of the local community. These interventions utilise digital technologies, where possible, to improve their resilience and so that sustainable development, social cohesion and environmental optimisation become characteristics of these areas.

Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?

The ‘Smart’ concept is strongly connected to digitalisation. High-speed network connectivity – 5G networks and fibre infrastructure – are considered by many stakeholders a necessity for achieving the concept of ‘smart’.

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

Social cohesion is expected to become one of the major characteristics of Smart Rural Areas, as a result of relevant smart solution interventions.

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment (Managing Authority)


CAP 2014-2022

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.

  • Smart Agriculture
  • Smart energy
  • Digitalisation

(e.g. through M4.1: Investments in Agri-sector,  including activities for smart agriculture and smart farming; M7.3: Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Areas; M16.1: Cooperation)

CAP 2023-2027

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.


National Rural Network (Department of Agriculture)


CAP Network support

No specific network activities on Smart Villages.

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.


Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Cyprus on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Cyprus country page

Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

A National Smart Villages Taskforces have been set up in Cyprus

To read more about the taskforce, click here

Smart Villages in Cyprus

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Last update: May 17, 2022