NewEcoSmart was launched and aims to revitalise rural areas in Spain, Portugal and Italy

A pioneering effort focused on revitalizing rural areas and empowering individuals aged 45+, SMEs and micro firms through social innovation, with an emphasis on green and digital advancement.

On August 30th, the partners of NewEcoSmart took the first steps to enhance capacity building and training, towards the green and digital transition, in an online meeting.

This twin transition is the intersection between green and digital, where sustainable approaches and digital technologies complement each other. The green transition involves changing the economy and industrial practices to make them more sustainable and ecologically responsible, and this includes the adoption of technologies that reduce the environmental impact. This is an ongoing process and demands multiple investments to actually reach people and communities, especially those in rural areas.

To this purpose, a Consortium led by CETEM (Spain) and seven more partners of 3 countries – from Spain, Amuebla, Ayuntamiento de Yecla and CTIC; from Portugal, SHINE and AD ELO; and from Italy, CEIPES and UNINA – was selected by the European Commission to implement NewEcoSmart, until July 2025.

NewEcoSmart joins a diverse group of experts, with industry experts, educational and vocational institutions, social innovation advocates, and local government entities. Their know-how and experience are aimed at reinvigorating rural regions with a strong heritage in producing Habitat-related goods. The project’s core objective is to address the skill requirements in ecological, digital, and entrepreneurial domains for adults aged 45 and above, as well as small to medium-sized businesses and micro-enterprises.

On October 9th, the consortium will meet at the European Commission’s premises in Brussels for the first face-to-face meeting, which will also include the Policy Officer of the European Social Fund+, the project’s co-financing programme.

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