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Innovation: Support for Pilot Projects

The model project Land(auf)Schwung ("Rural upswing") is intended to support structurally disadvantaged rural regions in dealing actively with demographic change, in increasing regional added value, in securing rural employment and hence also in shaping the diminishing process.

A total of 39 rural districts were identified for the initial qualification phase of the model project. The structurally disadvantaged regions were selected on the basis of an index consisting of 37 indicators developed by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute dealing with rural areas. In addition to demographic data, they also reflect the availability of basic public services and the structural weaknesses in the economy.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) would like to support these regions as they develop and implement their individual concepts for the future. This concerns innovative elements such as cooperation across regional borders. The focus is on supporting visionary projects; and with its model project Land(auf)Schwung the BMEL gives 39 model regions the opportunity to develop tailor-made regional concepts for the future. A total of 37 regions applied to the BMEL with their concepts.

An independent jury selected 13 regions which will each receive € 1.5 million in support. On 19 June 2015, Federal Minister Christian Schmidt announced the decision of the independent jury to support the following model regions:

Map of the Germany with the model regions The 13 model regions, Source: BMEL

  • Elbe-Elster
  • Greiz
  • Hochsauerlandkreis
  • Höxter
  • Kronach
  • Mittelsachsen
  • Neunkirchen
  • Sigmaringen
  • St. Wendel
  • Stendal
  • Vorpommern-Rügen
  • Werra-Meißner-Kreis
  • Wittmund

"Each region selected to receive support will be granted € 1.5 million for projects that will bring about progress in these regions. And the name of the model project says it all: We provide new impetus for life, work and cooperation in rural areas. Together with the actors on the ground, we will strengthen the rural areas and make them more attractive for the future. There are many people with entrepreneurial spirit and innovative capacities who – with effective support – will bring about progress in their home regions all by themselves and can serve as examples for others," declared the Federal Minister.

Following the jury's decision, the model project has now entered the funding phase. During this phase, the regions are free to implement their projects to ensure the availability of basic public services and regional value-added by the end of June 2018.

As of:
19.06.15

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