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Policy Mixes as a Strategy to Provide More Effective Social and Environmental Benefits: Evidence from Six Rural Areas in Europe

Smart Villages Policies: Past, Present and Future

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Tržaška Cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Poliedra-Politecnico di Milano, via G. Colombo, 40, 20133 Milan, Italy
Swiss Center for Mountain Regions (SAB), Seilerstrasse 4, 3001 Berne, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: Francesco Mantino
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1663;
Received: 5 December 2020 / Revised: 29 January 2021 / Accepted: 30 January 2021 / Published: 4 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural Development: Challenges for Managers and Policy Makers)
Highlighting the important role of rural development, this paper represents a review of rural policies. Data were generated, including a broad literature research and online survey on existing and future, post-2020 rural development policies. The survey was shared among project partners from six different EU Member States including eleven regions, all from the Alpine Space. The number of total policies covered in this review paper, together with policy projects, programs or actions, is 114. Based on these, key policy findings and future recommendations are provided, attributing to the future studies on this topic as well as for policymakers at the local, regional, national and EU levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; rural development; rural policies; Smart Villages; smart development; digital transition sustainability; rural development; rural policies; Smart Villages; smart development; digital transition
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Stojanova, S.; Lentini, G.; Niederer, P.; Egger, T.; Cvar, N.; Kos, A.; Stojmenova Duh, E. Smart Villages Policies: Past, Present and Future. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1663.

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Stojanova S, Lentini G, Niederer P, Egger T, Cvar N, Kos A, Stojmenova Duh E. Smart Villages Policies: Past, Present and Future. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1663.

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Stojanova, Simona, Gianluca Lentini, Peter Niederer, Thomas Egger, Nina Cvar, Andrej Kos, and Emilija Stojmenova Duh. 2021. "Smart Villages Policies: Past, Present and Future" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1663.

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