The Alentejo Regional Coordination and Development Commission is a peripheral service of the direct administration of the State, under the direction of the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, which is exercised in coordination with the Minister of Modernization of the State and Public Administration, with regard to the relationship with local authorities, and with the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, with regard to matters of environment and spatial planning. It is endowed with administrative and financial autonomy.

Its Mission is to ensure the coordination and articulation of the various sectoral policies at regional level, as well as to implement the policies of environment, spatial planning and cities, and to provide technical support to local authorities and their associations, at the level of their respective geographical area. performance. endowed with financial and administrative autonomy. Its mission is also to implement the State's policy of incentives to the media in accordance with the law.


AURORAL focuses on increasing connectivity and delivering a digital environment of smart objects interoperable services platforms able to trigger dynamic rural ecosystems of innovation chains, applications and services.

Thus, AURORAL contributes to increase economic growth and create jobs in rural areas and to tackle significant societal challenges, contributes to overcoming digital divide between rural and urban areas and to develop the potential offered by increased connectivity and digitisation of rural areas.

AURORAL digital environment is demonstrated by cost-efficient and flexible cross-domain applications through large-scale pilots in five European regions. It builds on an open, API-based, interoperable and federated Internet of Things (IoT) architecture and includes a reference implementation supporting flexible integration of heterogeneous services, bridging the interoperability gap of the smart object platforms and creating markets for services in rural areas.


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 local healthcare organizations, municipalities or professionals to the inhabitants of rural communities. dRural will help grow the economy, create jobs, foster local businesses and improve quality of life.

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 organizations as well as by private service providers (for example, teachers, therapists, farmers, etc.).

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.


Open & Agile Smart Cities – OASC in short – is the international city network working with local public administrations of all sizes to support their digital transformation journey. Together with their members, partners, and independent experts, they create sustainable impact for cities by working towards a minimal technical ground for cities & communities.

They call this common ground Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms – or MIMs. OASC’s community enables seamless sharing and re-using of digital, data-driven solutions, thereby reducing the cost of innovation, increasing the return on investment, and – thanks to the use of open standards and APIs – avoiding vendor lock-in. Open & Agile Smart Cities works on multiple projects – from the development of the OASC Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms to the OASC Academy – and are committed to delivering the best results and tools for our members.

Open & Agile Smart Cities

ADRAL is Alentejo Regional Development Agency. Its mission is to contribute to the promotion and development of the Alentejo region. ADRAL is the result of a wide partnership composed by public and private entities working in several areas of activity. One of the major tasks of ADRAL is the cooperation with all the local actors, promoting common initiatives and projects.

The Regional Development Agency brings together 66 partners/ shareholders, both public and private, with relevant experience in all sectors of economic, social, research and development activities, geographically spread and deeply acquainted with local and regional reality.


Alentejo Europe Initiative represents the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Alentejo is a leading emerging region. Alentejo is one of largest European regions, increasingly a hub of culture, modernity and sustainability, and a climate, nature and biodiversity friendly region open to future, Europe and innovation.

Alentejo Europe Initiative

IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution is multidisciplinary, multicultural team, dealing with urban, local and regional governance and public policies. Three stages defined the company’s journey: development, innovation and integration. IrRADIARE provides support, advise, services, platforms, systems and smart solutions for our clients and partners. IrRADIARE advises on new investments, public-private cooperation and regional public policies. Its widely tested expertise on systems modelling ranging from industrial processes to city cities, regions, municipalities, clusters and agencies. IrRADIARE is in H2020-AURORAL project WP leader in charge of Cooperation, Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation.

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