DART Project is launched
The website of the DART Project goes online
Demographic change currently poses a challenge to 30% of European regions and by 2030 this figure will have reached 50%. By 2030 one in three EU citizens will be aged 60 years or older. Together with low birth rates and migration, these regions will have great difficulties in maintaining their existing public services. Declining demand and shortages will threaten the economic base of many regions.
According to the report "Regional 2020, the EU Commission" demographic change is one of the four challenges which Europe faces. But there are many experiences which have been made in different European regions which counter this downward spiral. There is a need to highlight these experiences and to underpin them with customised standards and indicators, identifying innovative solutions affecting the lives and social inclusion of people and adapting regional policies and public services.