International Conference Smart Villages for a Green, Digital and resilient Europe will be held on Friday, the 1st of October 2021 at the Rajhenburg Castle in Brestanica and is organized by the Office of Franc Bogovič, MEP (SLS/EPP) and partners. The conference will be one of the main events at the occasion of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Side by side with the conference the international LAG Forum will be held in Krško on Thursday and Saturday (30. 9. and 2. 10. 2021) and will complement the basic motto of the conference – Smart Villages.
On Thursday, 30. 9. 2021, there will be three workshops: “The relevance of the European Regional Development Fund in the development of local incentives”, “Implementation of projects that address social issues and their relation the European Social Fund” and “Smart Villages and the bottom-up approach” (this will be held in English). Workshops’ conclusions will be presented at the Conference on Friday, where an exhibition of Slovenian Smart villages good practices will also be set up.
The day will be concluded with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the LEADER program in the EU. Attendance at the event has been confirmed by Marion Eckardt, the ELARD President, and Jože Podgoršek PhD, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia we also expect two members of the European Parliament, the European Commissioner Dubravka Šuica and guests from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.
Friday’s program will be announced later and Saturday will feature the presentation of good practices in the field of Smart villages. In the morning session will host the presentations of successful good practices from Finland (Finland Rural 21 village) and Croatia (Green energy cooperative Križevci), which will be followed up by a field trip to Lisca in Sevnica as a presentation of good practice in the area of LAG Posavje, Slovenia.
The international LAG Forum is organized by the Slovenian Rural Development Network with partners: LAG Posavje and the Municipality of Krško, the European LEADER Association for Rural Development, Croatian National Rural Network, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and the Slovenian National Rural Network.
For a detailed programme, application form… click HERE. Application deadline for the Forum: 30. 8. 2021