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Women farmers drive digital transformation in rural areas

With 30% of EU farms being managed by women, these farmers are key in driving the digital transformation of rural areas. As explained by Lotta Folkesson, an arable farmer in northern Sweden, high-speed connectivity is needed to allow the use of cutting edge technology in both agriculture and forestry, as well for everyday management. On top of this, it enables entrepreneurship and allows remote area inhabitants to connect with the wider community. “With good infrastructure, we will have a stronger farming community as well as better conditions to attract more people to rural areas”.

Rede Aberta: Spain’s first CEBF-funded broadband project

Rede Aberta is the first Spanish broadband project to be funded by the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF). To promote economic growth, stop depopulation and rejuvenate the population of rural Galicia, the open access network will bring 10 Gbps symmetrical fibre connectivity to 400,000 homes. In this video, Pere Antentas, Rede Aberta CEO, explains that the project will help the population take advantage of the area’s “enormous growth potential” and natural resources. It “will allow the telecommunication networks and services to be at the same level as the ones in the big cities of Europe”.

Follow @DigitalEU for all things tech

The European Commission’s Digital Single Market social media channels are rebranded into DigitalEU, remaining the go-to account for the latest on EU digital policies.

BETTEReHEALTH supports deployment of eHealth in African lower income countries for better health outcomes

BETTEReHEALTH, funded under Horizon Europe and started in January 2021, aims at mapping and identifying human, technical and public policy factors that are barriers or enablers for eHealth implementation in low and lower middle income countries in Africa.

BETTEReHEALTH will coordinate and support the deployment of sustainable eHealth solutions to derive strategies and policies for more successful use of eHealth, and thus better health.

Final reports of the EU Observatory on the online platform economy

The EU Observatory for the Online Platform Economy, which informs the policy work of the Commission, by providing independent views on some of the key questions that have arisen in connection to the platform economy is today publishing the final reports from the expert group following stakeholder feedback and reactions on the progress reports which were published for consultation in July 2020.