How can things be done better?

Political recommendations focusing on “Life-cycle-proof neighbourhood and social inclusion – an integrated strategy for regional transformation in demographic change” will be formulated. They will show how regions can organise themselves and adapt public and private services to demographic changes so as to exploit chances for new jobs and innovation.

The recommendations will spotlight questions such as:

  • How can home care and ambulant medical and social services of elderly and sick, especially persons living alone, be organised to ensure independence for as long as possible?
  • Which innovations in education are needed and how to encourage people to practise lifelong learning?
  • How to encourage SMEs to implement an internal age management structure? How to deal with e-learning? How to deal with older and less educated people?
  • How can SMEs be helped in dealing with demographically related changes? Succession in ownership, changes in innovative products and services?
  • How to include older people in local society? How to avoid the generation gap?
  • How to organise the shape of demographic change in conjunction with civic participation?
  • Which are suitable standards for infrastructure in rural areas and valid indicators with which to benchmark demographic change and to measure success in declining regions?

    Find all recommendations in the short version of the Final Report.


URBACT Report: Shrinking Cities

The DART project contributed to the report "From crises to choice: Re-imagining the future of shrinking cities.", that was published by URBACT, in May 2013. more

DART Indicator Study

The study on indicators and standards compared for the first time the demographic change with selected data from the DART partner regions on a NUTS 3 level.Within the pilot action of the project a regional observation monitor...more

Simion Cretu

General Director of Regional Development Agency CENTRU

“Increasing awareness among policy-makers about the accelerated process of population ageing is our first goal. Secondly, we wish to learn from our project partners’ experiences about how they have tackled this process.”