Smart Villages support in Slovenia

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

The term “smart village” is defined as a rural community that uses innovative solutions and digital technologies to improve economic, social or environmental challenges. Smart villages are made up mainly of people who take the initiative and mobilize local potential to tackle rural challenges. Smart settlements connect with other communities and actors in rural and urban areas. Digital technologies are an important tool, but not only for the preservation and development of rural areas in the future. Examples of areas and activities that can be understood under the Rural Future – Smart Villages initiative:

  • construction of infrastructure, preservation of agricultural and forest landscape, preservation of village architecture, rural natural and cultural heritage and customs;
  • construction of the next generation broadband connection (most households with an access speed of at least 30 Mb / s or above 100 Mb / s);
  • “smart agriculture” (automation, sensors, robotics, large databases (BigData), blockchain, artificial intelligence, etc.);
  • digital platforms that can replace basic services: e-learning, e-government, social services, transport, tourism, gastronomy, transport, traceability of food production…);
  • health care (home clinic, e-health);
  • social innovation (services for the elderly, promotion of social inclusion in rural areas, care for the elderly, the disabled, creating a friendly environment for people with disabilities, assistance to people with disabilities, social agriculture projects using agriculture as a basis for providing various health and educational therapies, legal protection and info points, etc.);
  • cultural and social life in the countryside (arrangement of common areas and activities for the elderly, young people, for women in the countryside, locations for rest and recreation, events, traveling library, connection to a joint music school, theater);
  • environmental protection, ecological awareness, circular economy (waste, water and soil protection, reduction of fertilizers and plant protection products);
  • mobility in rural areas (suppliers, free transport for the elderly, local passenger and suburban transport, rail transport, integration of different modes of transport into the integrated hub;);
  • self-sufficiency in food and care of nearby towns and densely populated areas (direct sales to farmers – consumers, care of tourist complexes);
  • self-sufficiency in renewable energy sources (sustainable sources: biomass, wood, soil, sun, water, wind; connecting villages into energy cooperatives, intelligent collection and distribution networks);
  • tourism (dispersed hotels, boutique tourism, agritourism, recreational tourism, cultural heritage and customs in connection with rural tourism);
  • innovative entrepreneurship (home jobs, revitalization of rural services, complementary activities on the farm, rural services…), promotion of entrepreneurship for young people, women, older generations who have lost their jobs, for people with disabilities, for people with special needs, creation of additional jobs cities, additional activities on agricultural holdings, teleworking centers;
  • promoting the sharing economy in rural areas (joint use of agricultural machinery, cars, services, etc.);
  • transition to a green economy in rural areas, a circular economy, a bio-based economy.

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food https://skp.si/pametne-vasi-staticna-vsebina/definicija-pametnih-vasi

Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?

Digital is a key feature of the definition. Digital technologies are an important tool. Among others, digital platforms can contribute to basic services: e-learning, e-government, social services, transport, tourism, gastronomy, transport, traceability of food production, etc. It will be used to support the elderly (through e-care).

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

Social innovation is a key aspect of Smart Villages, especially through services for the elderly, promotion of social inclusion in rural areas, care for the elderly, the disabled, creating a friendly environment for people with disabilities, assistance to people with disabilities, social agriculture projects using agriculture as a basis for providing various health and educational therapies, legal protection and info points, etc.). Cultural and social life in the countryside can also be improved (through arrangement of common areas and activities for the elderly, young people, for women in the countryside, locations for rest and recreation, events, traveling library, connection to a joint music school, theatre);

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food https://www.gov.si/en/state-authorities/ministries/ministry-of-agriculture-forestry-and-food/

CAP 2014-2020

Indirectly, no dedicated interventions identified on Smart Villages.

Especially through LEADER/CLLD

CAP 2021-2027

Smart Villages interventions

LEADER/CLLD

Smart Villages can be chosen as part of the Local Development Strategy theme (with increased resources) – tbc.

Specific interventions might be supporting smart villages strategy development directly for municipalities – tbc.

Matej Štepec (Advisor) Email : mreza-podezelje.mkgp@gov.si

CAP Network support

Yes, specific network activities on Smart Villages.

Information provision & communication: The NRN developed a dedicated Smart Villages webpage, where news and videos are published, short videos about Smart Villages, etc.

 

Survey on Smart Villages

In May 2020,the NRN and the LEADER Office within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food(MAFF) launched and analysed a survey about the Smart Villages in Slovenia

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

Other funds and policies are expected to support Smart Villages:

Resilience and Recovery Funds are expected to be used for supporting digital community-led services in small communities (also supported by the REACT-EU Fund)

Cohesion Policy might also support Smart Villages (rural areas) in a coordinated way with other funds – smaller municipalities are expected to benefit from these funds.

Digital policies: Digital Transformation Department – new government department – is planning actions also targeted at rural areas. In June 2021: 40 steps towards digital health, education, economy and public administration.

 

See more information presented during the “Smart Villages for a Green, Digital and Resilient Europe

 

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

Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

There is currently no taskforce set up in Slovenia. However, Smart Villages exchanges among Slovenian stakeholders with an interest in the Smart Villages concept is taking place on an online platform (GROOP).

Smart Villages in Slovenia

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Last update: September 5, 2022