What is the rural revitalisation platform?
It targets stakeholders working for the development of these areas at national, regional and local levels, including local actions groups, national rural and CAP networks, and stakeholder organisations, who play a key role in sharing, translating and adapting knowledge available at European level and in other countries, regions and villages to make them useful to local actors.
How is the rural revitalisation platform being developed?
The European network for rural development assembled a thematic group on rural revitalisation that worked between December 2021 and June 2022 to:
identify the enabling factors of rural revitalisation;
build a self-assessment tool to design policies for rural revitalisation;
make recommendations on how to structure the platform.
More about the ENRD thematic group on rural revitalisation.
The platform also builds on the experience of other initiatives such as projects on smart villages (Smartrural21, SmartRural27), European territorial cooperation (INTERREG), Territorial agenda pilots (Small places matter).
You can find first elements of content of the future platform on this website. The Commission is working to implement the thematic group’s recommendations to develop a collaborative on-line platform providing two-way communication channels and interactive tools to facilitate experience sharing and mutual learning. The rural pact support office to be established in 2023 will contribute with new content to the platform and organise relevant events.
If you have good examples or practices to share, send an email with link to relevant information to EC-VISION-RURAL-AREAS@ec.europa.eu.
What are the enabling factors of rural revitalisation?
The thematic group has identified five enabling factors which drive the success of rural revitalisation policies and grouped them it two building blocks:
Building Block 1 (Structures) covers policy design, coordination and integration (focusing on national, regional levels) and includes the following factors:
I. Integrated strategies
II. Multilevel governance
Building Block 2 (People) covers Local empowerment, capacity building and innovation (focus on national, regional and local levels) and includes the following factors:
III. Local capacities
IV. Territorial cooperation
V. Local innovation
Supporting these enabling factors through policies puts rural stakeholders in greater capacity to address the challenges and opportunities in their context (outer part of wheel) to move from a poor situation to a better one in key areas such as infrastructure, services, social inclusion, environment, basic goods.
More about the enabling factors and inspirational examples in the ENRD thematic group report.
Self-assessment tool: Assess how your area is doing on these enabling factors
The thematic group has built a self-assessment tool with guiding questions to allow rural actors to identify the strong and weak points in their current situation. Results can be visualised through a proposed canvas.
Discover the self-assessment tool.