The EIP-AGRI seminar “Multi-level strategies for digitising agriculture and rural areas” will provide a platform for a stimulating debate on the importance of strategic planning to steer the digitisation of agriculture and rural areas, combining European, national, regional and local levels. The event will also be the opportunity to showcase the latest tools and inspiring examples for accompanying the digital transformation of farming and rural areas, which have been gathered by EU Rural Networks.
The event is organised by the EIP-AGRI network with the contribution of the European Network for Rural Development and of the Broadband Competence Offices Network, and with the support of the Flemish Rural Network. The programme includes the participation of Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Research, rural networks stakeholders and policy makers are currently in agreement on the need for digital strategies to unlock the potential of digitisation in order to face current and future challenges of the farming sector and of rural areas. The EC legislative proposals on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020 provide for the inclusion in the CAP Strategic Plans 'a description of the strategy for the development of digital technologies in agriculture and rural areas and for the use of these technologies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the CAP Strategic Plan interventions'.
Ensuring that agriculture and rural areas are part of the strategic agendas for digitisation is a recurrent outcome of these activities. However, in some Member States and regions these strategic agendas are still lagging behind. Moreover, there is a need for improved coordination between the European, national and regional levels and across sectoral policies and funding instruments to support digital transformation.
Objectives of the seminar
The seminar aims at promoting multi-level strategic plans for digitisation in agriculture and rural areas. It has the following specific objectives:
To raise awareness about the role / importance of strategic planning to foster and steer the digitisation of agriculture and rural areas, also with a view to the future Strategic CAP Plans
To showcase and discuss existing examples of strategic planning and relevant digitisation initiatives across Europe
To discuss and kick-start the process for developing strategic plans for digitisation, adapted to the local context and needs, by fostering mutual learning among actors, sectors and governance levels
To showcase tools and initiatives developed at EU level to accompany the digital transformation in the farming and rural economy sectors
Participation at the seminar is by invitation only.
The event will follow the 5th meeting of the Rural Networks' Assembly scheduled on 11 December 2018 in Brussels.