Creating jobs and improving quality of life in European rural areas is the objective of the dRural project. This EU funded project will co-develop and roll out a digital marketplace of services for people living in rural communities. 31 partners from 9 countries have joined together to create an online marketplace that will offer services from loca
The service marketplace will be firstly launched in four EU rural regions: Extremadura (Spain), Jämtland Härjedalen (Sweden), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (Croatia) and Region Gelderland Midden (The Netherlands). The common digital platform will be adapted to the local language and needs of each of those regions. Then, services will be offered by local municipalities and health/social care public organisations as well as by private service providers (for example, teachers, therapists, farmers, etc.).
RISE is in charge of Business support and Exploitation and will support the four rural regions and their private actors to shape or develop their business model to best take advantage of the opportunities emerging with the marketplace. In this work, RISE will, among others, develop a MOOC (Mass Online Open Course) to guide the municipalities, health and social care organisations, as well private actors in this journey.
To ensure implementation, this will be supported by a number of actions to improve internet broadband coverage in the rural areas. dRural is expected to expand beyond these first four regions. In a second phase, the project will launch an open call for other rural communities - i.e. mirror regions - willing to implement the proposed digital marketplace of services. dRural has kicked off in January 2021 and will run until 2024.
**This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grand agreement N. 101017304**
Region Jämtland Härjedalen
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