Smart Villages support in Slovakia
The SR21 Country Page
information on Smart Villages in Slovakia
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
No formal definition of ‘Smart Villages’ in Slovakia.
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 the Slovak Republic
Jana Juhászová, Chief of Rural Development Program Project Support Department
No dedicated support for Smart Villages.
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
Smart Village interventions have not been included in the CAP Strategic Plan draft at present.
National Rural Network of Slovakia
Anna Košíková, EIP Coordinator
CAP Network support
Some network activities on Smart Villages:
- Dissemination of information through its newsletter, magazine and social media.
- In 2019, the NSU prepared an analysis of the potential of introducing intelligent solutions to support ‘Smart Villages’ in rural development.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatisation
EU – Interreg National Contact Point
ESF: Slovakia Catching-up Regions Initiative (CuRI)
The Slovak Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatisation (MIRRI) fulfils the role of national coordinator of the agenda for the development of smart cities and regions. MIRRI published a ‘Guide to the development of smart cities and regions’ and manages a website containing information on calls related to the topic of smart cities. The website additionally features funding opportunities for ‘Smart City’ activities, not only under EU funds, but also including other sources. Smart agenda/projects would be supported mostly through OP Slovakia (from 2023), including limited support for rural municipalities/regions.
EU – Interreg: The transnational approach makes it possible to bring new ideas and new tools for the implementation of a smart village strategy. The Hungarian-Slovakian ‘Smart Communities 2.0 – How to be smart in the countryside?’ project is one example that support the smartness of rural settlements through the development of specific cross-border services.
ESF: Slovakia Catching-up Regions Initiative (CuRI) provides hands-on technical support to less developed regions in Slovakia to overcome specific developmental bottlenecks identified by regional authorities. The Initiative was launched in mid-2018 by the European Commission and implemented in collaboration with the authorities of self-governing regions, national-level actors coordinated by the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatisation of the Slovak Republic, and the World Bank.
The project focuses on different thematic areas – tourism development, energy efficiency in public buildings, public transport, digitalisation, geo-spatial open data, vocational training.
The project on Integrated model of health and social services for senior citizens implemented in Banska Bystrica region is specifically targeting rural areas, offering innovative solutions (including smart) to health and social care at municipality levels.
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
No taskforce is set up yet
Smart Villages in Slovakia
Košeca is a village and municipality in Ilava District in the Trenčín Region of north-western Slovakia.
The village is one of the oldest settlements in Trenčianske Považie, with the first written mention dating
back to 1272. The village lies on the main railway line between Bratislava and Kosice, well connected
by road and rail, and in close proximity to the district seat [town] Ilava. It is also an “entrance gate” to
Strazovske mountains. The village has a long tradition of organising a wide variety of festivals, special
events and activities in collaboration with local clubs and associations.
The municipality of Košeca became the winner of the European award;THE INNOVATION IN POLITICS
AWARDS 2020; with its project „NO DATA WASTE IN KOŠECA“ under the category of DIGITALISATION.
The village of Hrušov is located in the south of Banska Bystrica region, in the western part of the Veľký Krtíš district, surrounded by the Krupina Plain. The first written records mentioning the village date back to the end of the 13th century. The village has been characterized by dual type of settlement consisting of a core village and dispersed farms. The core village lay out and architectural character changed significantly after large fires at the beginning of the 19th century destroyed nearly all houses. Individual farms scattered throughout the cadaster lost their prime function after establishment of agricultural cooperative and collectivisation of farming in 1979. Despite the changes Hrušov retains its unique character underlined by strong cultural heritage and folklore legacy. The village strives to preserve its traditions and among the important activities in the village calendar, is the annual festival Hontianska paráda (since 1996).Read more
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Last update: November 14, 2022