28.06.2010 14:51 Age: 7 yrs

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.


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

Antoine Janssen

Regional Minister of the Province of Limburg

The DART network is of great value for all European cities and regions which are facing the challenges of a shrinking population. The Province of Limburg is one of the first regions in the Netherlands which has to deal with a shrinkage. Therefore it is of great interest for our region to share knowledge en experiences with other regions. By doing this we are able to make intelligent connections which can help us to take the chances of shrinkage quick and effectively. With the DART network we are working on flourishing European Regions!