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Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy Michel Delebarre, President of the Committee of the Regions Dr Karl-Heinze Dähre, Lander Minister for Regional Development and Transport, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Mrs. Vivienne Gee and Mr. José Palma Andres Prof. Dr. Charlotte Höhn Mr. Andrzej Jan Rys Mrs. Paula Poikela Dr. Magnus Lindwall Dirk Ahner, Director General, DG Regional Policy Mr. Xavier Prats Monne Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos Mr. Paolo Nanni Mr. Gery Coomans Mrs. Kadri Uustal Ms. Natalija Kazlauskiene and Mr. Kevin Richardson Dr. Wolfgang Schuster Mr. Frans de Bruïne Mr. Charlie Wallin Mr. Eric Koch Mr. Giampaolo Lanzieri Gerd Harms, State secretary of the Land of Brandenburg and Member of the Committee of the Regions Mr. Richard Baker Anne-Sophie Parent, Director of AGE-European Older People's Platform Vladimír Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Mr. Ronald Hall Dr. Lucie Vidovicová Mr. Laurie South Dr. Martin Ferry Mr. Eilert Carlson Ms. Elisabeth Helander, Mrs. Apolónia Rodrigues, Mrs. Marianne Pedersen, Mr. Richard Baker, Dr. Stefanie Duehr and Ms. Fausta Corda Mrs. Apolónia Rodrigues Ms. Fausta Corda Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP, Member of the REGI Committee, European Parliament

Launch of the Conference Brochure

(12 January 2007) A brochure on the conference "Regional Policy Responses to Demographic Challenges" on 25 and 26 January has been uploaded today to the source page. On 24 pages, the brochure presents the political context, regional statistics and maps as well as descriptions of 10 projects dealing with the different aspects and being funded by cohesion instruments.





Conference programme updated

(20 December 2006) The conference programme has been updated today. It can be found here.

Briefing for the press uploaded

(19 December 2006) Up to 30 journalists from regional media will be invited to attend the European Commission's conference on "Regional responses to demographic challenges" on 25 and 26 January 2007 in Brussels. Further details including a press briefing in English, French and German can be found here.


2nd Demography Summit held in Dresden, Saxony

(08 November 2006) About 700 participants from the national, regional and municipal level came to the second "demography summit" organised by the government of Saxony in Dresden. Saxony is the German region most affected by demographic change and lost 13% of its population between 1990 and 2005 with another 10% of inhabitants lost by 2020. The conference was addressed by the prime minister of Saxony, Georg Milbradt, the German minister of the interior, Wolfgang Schäuble and Graham Meadows, Director General of the European Commission's Regional Policy DG. Apart from a report on the regional consequences and perspectives for Saxony, several projects as well as a charta signed by 10 EU regions from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom on the European dimension of demographic change was presented.

Joint declaration of European regions "Facing demographic change as regional challenge"

Call for papers and draft conference programme published

(18 October 2006) The call for papers for the conference "Regional policy responses to demographic challenges" (25/26 January 2006 in Brussels) has been published today. Until 10 November, 18:00 CET, proposals for one or several of the nine workshops planned can be sent to the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate General through an electronic form. Papers proposed should be based on practical experience (project, case study or other) in the context of an integrated policy response to demographic change at regional, local or interregional level.

Call for papers
Draft conference programme

Commission Communication on Europe's demographic future

(12 October 2006) A European Commission's new Communication on “The demographic future of Europe – from challenge to opportunity" sets out five areas for concrete action to help Member States adapt to demographic change in their own national context: helping people to balance work, family and private life so that potential parents can have the number of children they desire; improving work opportunities for older people; increasing potentially productivity and competitiveness by valuing the contributions of both older and younger employees; harnessing the positive impact of migration for the job market; ensuring sustainable public finances to help guarantee social protection in the long-term. As a follow-up to the Communication, the Commission will be hosting on 30 and 31 October the first biannual European Demographic Forum, bringing together national government experts in the field. The aim is to identify and exchange best practices on ageing policies providing Member States with new ideas as well as helping eliminate the perception of ageing as a threat to our economic and social prosperity.

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Conference website opened

(09 August 2006) "Regional policy responses to demographic challenges" is the title of the second conference of the series 'Regions for economic change' organised by the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate General. It will take place in Brussels, on 25 and 26 January 2007, in the Charlemagne building. More than 500 participants from regions all over Europe will be able to discuss how European regional policy and its instruments allow regions to respond to demographic challenges and make the most of the opportunities presented by demographic change. In nine workshops, the event will showcase examples of best practice and is intended to provide a learning opportunity for Structural Funds managing authorities.

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Regional Policy Inforegio Website
Interreg IIIC
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