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How to foster development in mountainous depopulated areas? Feedback from the EU Regions Week

Regional development in rural and sparsely populated areas was on the agenda of the 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels organised in October 2019. With the current programming period coming to an end, this year’s Regions week was an opportunity to reflect on demographic trends and future policy tools available to tackle depopulation.

Different workshops addressed the issue of territorial development in shrinking rural, mountainous and sparsely populated areas. The workshop “Shrinking regions – how to foster development in depopulated areas” in particular aimed at building on scientific evidence and discuss regional examples of sustainable strategies for the post-2020 cohesion policy. The provision of services was also discussed during the workshop “The importance of developing better basic services for sparsely populated / underpopulated areas”.

The 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities was the opportunity to bring together representatives from EU institutions, European networks and civil society to reflect on opportunities of territorial development during the next programming period. Learn more on policy opportunities for shrinking regions in our article (for members only).

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23 October 2019

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#SmartVillages in mountain areas were discussed during the conference of ERSAF with:
⛰ examples of Smart Villages in mountain territories
💡 smart initiatives in rural areas from @simra_eu
⚠️ key elements for a better transition for mountain villages
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Wondering how #SmartVillages concept can empower local communities in rural 🇪🇺 & how to connect it with EU policy instruments?

👀see what stakeholders and experts of the #EURegionsWeek say and get inspired for the future programming period https://t.co/serAK7EYuo @Euromontana

We were last week in Candas, Spain, with our members from Teruel to discuss smart governance in mountain areas at the #ERP2019!
More to come soon on our website ⏳

Innovation inspiration at a SIMRA workshop in Solsona👉 Have a look at this post written by our colleague @carmenrodfb about the event organised by our partners @ctforesta and #FORECO with the support of @desruralcat 🌿
https://t.co/pMl0pox7jw

Boosting collaboration and creativity while also offering working spaces, services and good Internet access was the choice of "miaEngiadina" to revitalise #rural business in the Swiss mountains 👨‍💼 See how their #coworking areas work 👇
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