On 28 April 2022, the European Fee declared the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 weather-neutral and wise towns by 2030, the so-named Metropolitan areas Mission. Brussels was chosen to take part in the 100 Cities Mission alongside one another with 12 further cities coming from international locations associated or with the probable of staying involved to Horizon Europe, the EU’s exploration and innovation programme (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom).

A equivalent EU Mission could be envisaged for clever villages in the EU and its neighbourhood, as rural parts confront actual and sophisticated improvement troubles, which want to be tackled by a sensible approach that is not exclusively linked to the agricultural sector. It is significant time to develop ‘smart villages’ to develop on the thriving “smart cities” pattern and to meet up with the EU Environmentally friendly Offer targets, this sort of as 100% accessibility to speedy broadband net in rural regions by 2025.

The European Parliament has created a considerable contribution to the smart village strategy, having section in a pilot job on intelligent eco-villages and supporting the European Commission’s 2017 action plan for smarter villages. The European Committee of the Regions and the European Financial and Social Committee have meanwhile equally indicated their assistance for the strategy through functions, views, and communications.


Image: A faculty, a kindergarten, and a professional medical center in Aghali clever village


In the EU’s neighbourhood, the just take-up of the idea is previously superior, it could show to be helpful for restoration and reconstruction efforts. A distinguished example is the intelligent village venture in Aghali, Azerbaijan’s Zangilan district, which welcomed its first inhabitants in May perhaps 2022.

Aghali village was transformed from ruins and mined places by recently developed constructions, a wise administration centre, agricultural products and services workplaces, a sewing manufacturing unit, a spouse and children health centre, a kindergarten, and a secondary university. Every building is geared up with fibre insulation, electrode h2o heater, photo voltaic panels, and other green systems, reworking the village into a present day city settlement.

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“Thanks to the project, Aghali is established to grow to be an global transportation and logistical hub with a hugely developed agricultural and tourism infrastructure”

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Aghali Intelligent Village Task characteristics 5 principal pillars: good infrastructure, wise governance, clever electrical power, sensible instruction, and well being expert services and sensible agriculture, employment, and business sectors. The project aims at integrating water, power, and highway infrastructure to a clever cloud platform delivering accessibility to high-pace broadband link and fibre optic World wide web redesigning squander management rising electronic literacy, which includes through online professional medical consultancy and ATM pharmacies and creating wise general public farms though creating a smart neighborhood that will be consumer-centric, facts-pushed, and digitally enabled.

Aghali Smart Village Job now satisfies a amount of SDGs, which includes but not limited to “clean and reasonably priced energy”, “good wellness and wellbeing”, “no poverty”, “responsible usage and production”, “decent get the job done and economic growth” and “climate action”. The venture has also confirmed to be effective in terms of its economic performance. Early assessments and value-efficiency analyses shown that wise alternatives implied in the “smart village” are justified and have a appreciable electrical power-saving effect in opposition to local regular alternatives. Many thanks to the task, Aghali is established to develop into an worldwide transportation and logistical hub with a very designed agricultural and tourism infrastructure.


Photo: The pigeon monument-fountain elaborate in Aghali village square embodies wish for an eternal peace


Specified the public need to settle in Aghali, the Azerbaijani government made a decision to broaden the village and to apply this exemplary product to other clever village assignments in Karabakh region in line with its target of transforming liberated territories into “net-zero-emission” zone. A number of foreign businesses and worldwide institutions expressed curiosity to be engaged in the implementation of Aghali wise village and other similar tasks in Azerbaijan.

Providing urban ease and comfort in a remote village through the application of point out-of-the-artwork digital alternatives need to be put at the centre stage for a a lot more sustainable foreseeable future for subsequent generations in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aiming to depart no a person powering.

Intelligent villages may play a crucial part in accelerating the flow of revolutionary, know-how-centered investments to remote places as very well as the development of innovation centres, clusters, and technological innovation parks, equally in the EU and its neighbourhood.


This article reflects the views of the creator and not the sights of The Parliament Journal or of the Dods Group