A key for development in rural areas

The conference Smart Villages – a key for development in rural areas is organized as a midterm conference within the Interreg Alpine Space project Smart Digital Transformation of Rural Areas in Alpine Space – SmartVillages

12 September 2019

Venue: Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
Address: Titov trg 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia
Meeting organizer: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering, Laboratory for telecommunications (LTFE)





The event is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Development Fund via Interreg Alpine Space

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Post-conference resources


You can download all Smart Villages conference presentations:

Download all presentations

Entire conference video is available online:

YouTube Video

Photo gallery of the project meeting, study visits and conference:

Photo gallery archive

Conference video


8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 10:45 Policy: European Union, Smart Villages and Sustainability (Moderated by Emilija Stojmenova Duh)

Emilija Stojmenova Duh (University of Ljubljana)


Franc Bogovič (Member of the European Parliament (SLS/EPP), initiative Smart Villages)

Initiative Smart Villages in EU and future/planned measures

Stefan Ostergard Jensen (DG AGRI)

Smart Villages in the EC and future/planned measures

György Mudri (co-author and co-editor of the book)

Short presentation of the book: “Smart Villages in the EU and Beyond”

Paul Soto (ENRD)

Thematic group Smart Villages within ENRD

Darja Majkovič (Director General of the Directorate for agriculture, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food)

The role of Smart Villages in Slovenia and how to include them in common agricultural policies.

Janez Potočnik (Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel, Former European Commissioner for the Environment)

The role of Smart Villages in sustainable approaches to resource management

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Project: Smart Digital Transformation of Villages in the Alpine Space (Moderated by Peter Niederer)

Peter Niederer

About the project Smart Digital Transformation of Villages in AS (e.g. Smart Villages).

Presentation of the main outputs of the project

Presentation of meaningful connections between Smartness Self-Assessment - SV Digital Toolbox - Digital Exchange Platform (Presenters: WP leaders)

Presentations of Test Areas

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Presentation of Existing Smart Village Practices

i) Kungota & case with Neutrino 8 (Tamara Šnofl and Bojan Likar);

ii) Good practices from France (Clive Peckham);

iii) Solčavsko & case with Nomago (Marko Slapnik and Jernej Zajec);

iv) Pitzal Valley (Julia Scharting)

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:30 Parallel Sessions

a) ROOM LEVANT 3: Presentation of the book Smart Villages in the EU and Beyond

György Mudri (co-author and co-editor of the book) & Franc Bogovič (Member of the European Parliament (SLS/EPP))

b) ROOM LEVANT 4: SEROI+ workshop

Clive Peckham, Emilija Stojmenova Duh

c) ROOM TRAMONTANA: Workshop - Building a Sustainable Future for Rural Communities in Europe – Towards a European Rural Agenda for Smart Rural Territories

Marie-Nöel Neven & Léa Gaudron (Ruralité-Environment-Développement (RED))

16:30 – 17:30 Presentation of Slovene local winemakers and olive growers

18:00 Dinner

Venue: Faculty of Humanities, outside Atrium

Event will be moderated by Ms Lara Pirc.


Venue: Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska

Address: Titov trg 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia (How to reach us)

*Please note, that the traffic in Koper is dense. Please plan your trip to Koper accordingly, and arrive at the venue before the beginning of the conference.

Meeting organizer: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering, Laboratory for telecommunications (LTFE)

Website of the organizer:

Getting to Koper

By Plane
The nearest airport is Trieste. It is located 60 km from Koper, in neighbouring Italy. You can get to Koper by bus (timetable) which takes you approximately 1 hour, or by renting a car. The bus ticket costs around 40 eur/one direction.

Other airports within reasonable distance to Koper.

  • Airport Ronchi Trieste, Italy: 65 Km
  • Airports Marco Polo & Treviso in Venice, Italy: 170 km
  • Airport Ljubljana, Slovenia: 125 km

Several airports within reasonable distance to Koper are served by low-fare carriers. Favourably priced scheduled transfers from these airports and Trieste Airport can be booked through the website at

Gettting around in Koper

On foot
Although Koper is the fifth biggest city in Slovenia, it is relatively small – it has a bit more than 25 000 inhabitants and you can easily go around without using public transportation.

By bus
If you like to travel by city buses, you can use City transport. The price of the ticket is 0.8 eur if you buy in advance and 1,5 eur if you buy on the bus.

By Taxi
Approximate price 5 – 10 EUR within the city.


Aquapark Hotel Žusterna
Dalmatinova 15, SI-6000 Koper

Prices between September 9 and September 12, 2019:

  • Single room (breakfast included): 56,5 €
  • Room with two beds (breakfast included): 45,5 €
  • Tourist tax: 2 € / day
  • Registration fee: 1,5 € / person

Registrations should be made via e-mail:

Promotion code: smartvillages 2019 (The offer is valid until August 15, 2019)

The meeting venue can be reached in 5 minutes on foot (550 m).

Village Padna

Village Šmarje

Other practical information

Download Info pack leaflet

Study Visits (11.9.2019 full day)

Study visits will be an all-day activity. We will be travelling by bus, so you will not be needing your car, make sure it is parked appropriately.


8:00, Start @ Hotel Žusterna

8:30 – 10:30 Visit Padna

8:30 – 8:45: Reception of the participants and visit of the show room Golden Istria truffles

8:45 – 9:15: Gallery of Božidar Jakac, pottery exhibition of the local artist

9:15 – 9:30: Visit of renovated St. Blasius Church

9:30 – 9:45: Tourist accommodation Istrian stone houses

9:45 – 10:00: Visit of renovated Panda Tourist Info Centre, e-bike rental, defibrillator, free Wi-Fi access points

10:00 – 10:15: Renovated cultural centre Božidar Jakac hall with multimedia equipment

10:15 – 10:30: Farmers market with typical local products for visitors from cruise ships

11:00 – 14:00 Visit Šmarje

11:00 – 11:15: Reception of the visitors, coffee

11:15 – 11:30: Introductory presentation from municipality

11:30 – 11:45: Performance of Istrian musicians

11:45 – 12:00: Village Šmarje and project Smart Villages

12:00 – 12:15: Tour around the renovated village square

12:15 – 12:30: Networking

12:30 – 14:00: Visit of Santomas wine cellar, degustation & lunch – degustation of local products.

14:00 – 15:00 Brewery Emonec

Development of family business (coffee machines, high technological coffee roasting plant, micro-brewery, restaurant, beer-house)

15:00 – 20:00 Visit Olive mill Lisjak & small local brewery

15:00 – 16:30: Tour of the olive oil mill Lisjak (process, equipment, creation of the added value for local products) & development of family business (olive oil mill, store, boutique products, products from olive wood, glamping).

16:30 – 17:00: Degustation and visit of the shop

17:00 – 20:00: Dinner

If you require additional information regarding the content and logistics surrounding the Smart Villages Conference, please do not hesitate to write to

Veronika Zavratnik