Smart Villages support in Romania

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

No formal definition of Smart Villages in Romania.

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 and Rural Development of Romania

Website : https://www.madr.ro/

CAP 2014-2020

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention

CAP 2021-2027

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.

Reteaua Nationala de Dezvoltare Rurala (RNDR) / National Rural Development Network:

Website : https://www.rndr.ro/

Nancy Samargiu (Innovation / Online communication)

Email : nancy.samargiu@madr.ro

CAP Network support

Specific networking activities are organised on Smart Villages.

 

Smart Villages Thematic Group

NRN is part of the Smart Village Thematic group since it was established.

 

Regularly sharing news/ information on Smart Villages

NRN shares any related topics to Smart Villages on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) and in the newsletter. NRN also focuses on translating relevant material in Romanian language.

 

Specific webpage/ website on Smart Villages

NRN created a sub-section on their website for Smart Villages.

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

Indirectly

Given the high risk of poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly have some policy orientations in the National Strategy on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction 2015-2020 that are potentially relevant for the Smart Villages concept, such as improving service delivery for the poor with information and communication technologies.

The possibility of a national funding programme for Smart Villages was introduced into Romanian legislation in September 2020 with the publication of Law No. 156/2020 permitting the programming of “smart village solutions” in the 2021-2027 European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds for Romania.

The concept of ‘Smart Villages’ begins to resonate across country through the different networks and ways of implementing it (with a strong digital focus). In terms of policies, ‘Smart Village’ concept is being mentioned in the Partnership Agreement (EAFRD and Cohesion Funds – EFRD, CF, ESF) but still with no clear indication on the implementation procedures for appropriate types of actions.

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly

Website : http://mmuncii.ro/j33/index.php/ro/

Ministry of Communications and Information Society

Website : https://www.comunicatii.gov.ro/

 

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

Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

Smart Villages in Romania

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