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EU Regions Week workshop: Rural connections - green and digital innovation to unlock the potential of rural and remote areas

This workshop explores how recent innovation can improve the vitality and sustainability of rural and remote communities - from health, education and digitalisation to mobility and agriculture.

Collage illustration featuring a child with their schoolbag, two doctors - one making an observation on laboratory equipment, two adults at a computer together, a person on a bike, a train crossing a field, some houses surrounded by trees, and a mountainside with wind turbines. Next to this illustration are the event logos, titles and dates: 19th European Week of Regions and Cities - Together for recovery; Join the rural connections workshop; 14 October, 11:00 CET


The workshop will take place online, from 11:30 - 13:00 CET on 14 October. It is jointly organised by the European Network of Broadband Competence Offices and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.


Welcome - Andreas Wolter, Mayor of the City of Cologne, Climate Alliance President

Introduction - Clara Aguilera, Member of the European Parliament, Co-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) and Smart Villages 

Digitalisation - Eddy Hartog, Technologies for Smart Communities, Head of Unit, European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CNECT)

Healthcare - Simona Ferrante, Project ESSENCE (Empathic platform to personally monitor, stimulate, enrich, and assist elders and children in their environment), Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan

Education - Goran Škvarč, e-Schools (2020 REGIOSTARS competition awardee in the category ‘Skills and Education for a digital Europe’)Deputy Project Manager, National Research and Education Network of Croatia (CARNET)

Agriculture - George Beers, The Internet of Food and Farm 2020 (IoF2020), Project Coordinator, Wageningen University and Research  

Mobility - Carola Gunnarsson, Lord Mayor of Sala, Swedish Association of Local Authorities

Questions and Answers, Spokesperson for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Concluding remarks - European Broadband Competence Offices Network Support Facility