SMARTA-NET is an initiative of the European Commission, under DG MOVE that aims to promote
sustainable and resilient mobility connections between rural areas, within remote areas such as
islands, and between remote rural areas (including isolated regions) and urban areas, taking into
account the need to support ecotourism.

Mobility is what allows people to access everything related to their daily life, whatever that entails. If
you can’t get where you need to or wish to go, your life is being constrained. Throughout Europe
today, most people living in rural areas have limited choice other than the personal car, and far too
many people have no choice at all.

SMARTA-NET looks to help break this cycle, showing what can be done and building capacity among
local authorities and other implementers. It has three main strands:

• Establish a European Rural Mobility Network (ERMN), to provide a forum and a voice for
those working on rural mobility.
• Develop Tools & Guidelines on a number of topics, including
(i) good practice in rural mobility;
(ii) mobility supporting rural tourism;
(iii) extending SUMPs to incorporate aspects of rural mobility; and
(iv) financing structures for rural mobility.
• Implement training on the Guidelines in each of the member countries, in own language, for
the ERMN members and other interested stakeholders.

Project resources are available at here

Mayo County Council and TFI Local Link Mayo are project participants. The project support the work
on rural mobility by sharing know-how and experience.

If you have any questions or requests regarding SMARTA-NET email or visit the

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