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ENRD Newsletter - October 2019


ENRD Newsletter October 2019

Project of the month

Get inspired by Agroberry, an EAFRD-supported initiative run by a young female farmer in Zamora, Spain, who developed new range of products. The project won the  ‘Improving competitiveness in rural areas’ category of the 2019 ENRD Rural Inspiration Awards

Find out more about this inspiring project and plenty of examples in our ENRD Projects Database.


Smart Villages & LEADER

A recent ENRD LEADER Thematic Lab – that took place in Brussels, on 17 October 2019 – explored the interaction between LEADER and Smart Villages in the current and future programming periods.

The event focused on identifying the elements of an enabling LEADER framework to inform and support LAGs working with Smart Villages, drawing on lessons learnt and success factors from this programming period and identifying how these could be applied in the future CAP Strategic Plans.

Bioeconomy and Climate Action in Rural Areas

The 1st meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on ‘Bioeconomy and Climate Action in Rural Areas’ (Brussels, 25 September 2019) discussed the areas within the rural bioeconomy that have most potential to produce climate outcomes.

Participants looked into necessary actions to ensure that such climate outcomes can be valorised and upscaled in bio-based value chains and in rural activities. The event launched the TG's work to identify and disseminate the available support approaches, in particular in the context of the CAP and the Rural Development Programmes, to promote rural climate action within the bioeconomy.

Results-based Payments Network

A new network of EU Rural Development expertise took further shape during the European Commission's conference on Farming for Biodiversity, organised on 17 October 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.

The results-based approach has been recognised as a promising avenue to enhance the effectiveness of biodiversity measures in farmland. Fourteen Member States are already active in this useful field, which results in tangible biodiversity benefits for EU citizens as well as improved flexibility for farmers.     

Smart Villages at the European Week for Regions and Cities

During the week dedicated to Regions and Cities, a session on ‘Smart Villages: overcoming the divide between  rural and urban’ was organised by  DG REGIO  and supported by DG AGRI and the ENRD CP.

Participants at the event took part in interactive thematic discussions with practical examples on how to pursue the transition to Smart Villages in the fields of renewable energy, digitalisation, social innovation and mobility. Institutional representatives and rural stakeholders discussed the policy evolution and expectations from Smart Villages. Fostering urban-rural linkages and creating synergies can help Europe to achieve a more cohesive and balanced development.

Preparing for future AKIS in Europe

A recent report by the European Commission, on Agriculture and Knowledge Innovation Systems (AKIS) gives an overview of the potential for knowledge and innovation in the food and farming sector.

Putting together actors working in the field with complementary knowledge, has proven beneficial and efficient, e.g. in the case of EIP-AGRI Operational Groups or Horizon 2020 multi-actor projects. Nevertheless, the report highlights that national and regional AKIS are currently not integrated enough and their performance varies greatly from one Member State to another. This limits their potential in meeting the challenges ahead. Stronger AKIS are required. Read the full article here.

Social innovation & forestry

A new brochure by SIMRA presents examples of social innovation in the forestry sector aiming to increase the well-being of forest-dependent communities.

The brochure draws on a Special Issue of the scientific journal Forest Policy and Economics, contributing to advance and exchange on scientific knowledge of social innovation in the context of forestry. The papers included in this publication focus on identifying and explaining the role of social innovation, and the enabling policies and decision-making processes, which lead to an increase in the sustainability and multi-functionality of forests to the benefit of the local communities.

Green architecture of the CAP

Two round tables were organised at the beginning of the month to discuss the proposed new environmental and climate architecture of the common agricultural policy (CAP).

On 9 and 10 October 2019, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), brought together both agricultural and environmental stakeholders to discuss how the legal proposals could be implemented in order to address CAP objectives and Member States needs and concerns.

Calls open for Horizon 2020

The calls for projects to be funded under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 programme opened on 15 October 2019 and the first submission deadline is set for 22 January 2020.

The programme will fund projects on sustainable food security, blue growth, rural renaissance, and food and natural resources with a total budget of €521 million. Applications must be made through the Funding & Tenders portal.

Read the EIP-AGRI Brochure Horizon 2020 – calls 2020 and find more information on different calls for 2020 relevant for farming and rural development.

Making Irish farming more diverse

On 15 October 2019, The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) launched its ‘Diversity Strategy Towards 2025’, aiming to empower and encourage more women and younger farmers to get involved in the Association and shape the future of farming in Ireland.

Recommendations include developing a talent bank of women who are interested in holding leadership positions and offering tailored mentoring; limiting the term an officer can chair on the National Council; introducing gender-related targets for National Committees and candidates for election.

Back to basics – evaluating RDPs

The ENRD Evaluation Helpdesk has published the website section ‘Back to the Basics’ meant to provide rural development stakeholders with an overview of the basic evaluation concepts in order to help those who are unacquainted with the evaluation process.

The section aims to assist stakeholders by providing introductory information on a variety of concepts and topics and is divided into five general categories to allow readers an easier and straightforward access            

Spanish Rural Women Awards

Highlighting the contribution of rural women to agricultural innovation, an annual award run by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food seeks to promote the role of women in rural business, projects and initiatives across the country.

The winners of the 2019 awards include: EntreSetas (Castilla y Leon) for innovation in agriculture; Conservas Artesanas Curricán (Galicia) for innovation in fisheries; Asociación El Avío (Andalucia) for economic diversification; and María Blasco Lázaro (Zaragoza) for communication. The full list is available online in Spanish.


  • 04 - 06 November 2019

European Rural Youth Parliament, Candás, Asturias, Spain

  • 04 - 06 November 2019

Youth Ag Summit, Brasilia, Brazil

  • 05 - 08 November 2019

International Conference on Rural Development and Tourism, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

  • 06 November 2019

ENRD Workshop ‘Agriculture and environment: speaking the same language within the CAP Strategic Plans’, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 November 2019

Towards a climate smart European livestock farming, Brussels, Belgium

  • 06 - 09 November 2019

4th European Rural Parliament, Candás, Asturias, Spain

  • 07 November 2019

Digitalisation and Rurality: New Links and Transformation of the Territory, Paris, France

  • 10 - 16 November 2019

AGRI TECHNICA, Hanover, Germany

  • 11 - 15 November 2019

Forest Festival 2019, Bergamo, Italy

  • 12 November 2019

Rural development and mobility – from transportation to cohesion, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

  • 12 November 2019

Rural Post 2020, Brussels, Belgium

  • 12 - 13 November 2019

National LEADER meeting, Merseburg, Germany

  • 13 - 14 November 2019

Water savings in irrigation, Montpellier, France

  • 13 - 14 November 2019

Making climate services a reality in Europe, Brussels, Belgium

  • 13 - 15 November 2019

National Congress on Ecotourism, Guadix, Spain

  • 14 November 2019

Sustainable Future Summit, Brussels, Belgium

  • 14 November 2019

For a Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda, Brussels, Belgium

  • 14 - 15 November 2019

DATAGRI, Zaragoza, Spain

  • 19 - 20 November 2019

9th ENRD Thematic Group Meeting on ‘Smart Villages’, Finland

  • 20 November 2019

Rethinking territorial balances between urban and rural areas in the European Mountains, Brussels, Belgium

  • 20 - 22 November 2019

South-East Europe LEADER, Opatija, Croatia

  • 25 - 26 November 2019

Territories Taking Up the Ecological and Social Challenge, Paris, France

  • 27 November 2019

ENRD Workshop ‘Vibrant Rural Areas: Rural Jobs’, Brussels, Belgium

  • 02 December 2019

European Broadband Awards 2019, Brussels, Belgium

  • 03 December 2019

Go local: Supporting regions, cities and rural areas in migrants’ inclusion, Brussels, Belgium

  • 03 - 04 December 2019

Post-2020: Local action in a changing world, Brussels, Belgium

  • 03 - 04 December 2019

Organic Innovation Days 2019, Brussels, Belgium

  • 04 December 2019

BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019, Brussels, Belgium

  • 04 - 05 December 2019

FI Campus 2019, Brussels, Belgium

  • 10 December 2019

ENRD LEADER Thematic Lab on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Brussels, Belgium

  • 10 - 11 December 2019

EU Agricultural Outlook 2019, Brussels, Belgium

  • 11 December 2019

2nd ENRD Thematic Group Meeting on ‘Bioeconomy and Climate Action in Rural Areas’, Brussels, Belgium

  • 11 - 12 December 2019

How to demonstrate RDP achievements and impacts, Seville, Spain

  • 17 - 26 December 2019

6th Rural Networks’ Assembly Meeting, Brussels, Belgium

  • 15 - 16 January 2020

Forest Innovation Workshop 2020

  • 17 - 26 January 2020

Internationale Grüne Woche, Berlin, Germany

  • 05 - 06 February 2020

EIP-AGRI seminar: New skills for digital farming, Spain

  • 12 - 15 February 2020

Biofach 2020 into organic, Nüremberg, Germany

  • 22 February - 01 March 2020

Salon International de l’Agriculture, Paris, France

  • 03 March 2020

16th NRN meeting, Zaragoza, Spain

  • 31 March 2020

Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Brussels, Belgium

  • 23 April 2020

6th Annual EU Conference on EAFRD financial instruments, Brussels, Belgium

  • 07 May 2020

17th NRN meeting, Mullsjö,Sweden

  • 08 - 10 May 2020

Swedish Rural Parliament, Jönköping, Sweden

  • 22 May - 30 June 2020

Forum LEADER 2019-2020: 12 projects to discover, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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