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Digitalisation as a chance for rural areas: Rural Pact Conference

The session “Digitalisation as a chance for rural areas” will take place in the frame of the Rural Pact Conference and will highlight new opportunities for improving connectivity in rural and remote areas.

Banner of the Rural Pact Conference showing people in front of a rural landscape

European Commission

Mr Franco Accordino, Head of Unit for Investments in High-Capacity networks, and Mr Fabio Nassare de Letosa, Senior expert at Investments in High-Capacity network, DG Connect, will introduce CEF 2 Digital, 5G Communities and the new Broadband State Aid Guidelines alongside practical examples of how these can be used in various domains.

The Rural Pact conference will bring together EU, national, and regional politicians along with local authorities, social and economic stakeholders in a participatory event that reflects the rural vision’s ambition and bottom-up character. It will engage participants in designing the governance of the Rural Pact and gather commitments for the achievement of the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas.

The session “Digitalisation as a chance for rural areas” will engage stakeholders in considering how they can take action to benefit from the opportunities arising from the CEF 2 Digital, 5G Communities, the new Broadband State Aid Guidelines and implications for municipalities and providers in rural areas, as well as social applications of eHealth.

Speakers line-up during the session will include:

  • Mr Franco ACCORDINO, Head of Unit for Investments in High-Capacity networks, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Mr Fabio NASARRE DE LETOSA, Senior expert, Investments in High-Capacity network, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Ms Carina DANTAS, SHINE 2 Europe CEO and University of Coimbra, Portugal, and
  • Rapporteur Ms Emilija STOJMENOVA DUH, University of Ljubljana

For further details and registration please check the Rural Pact Conference website.