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Results of INTERREG IVC Capitalization Exercise


EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Interreg IVC Capitalisation on Demographic Change: some results INNOVAge and CASA Final Conference Oct. 7 2014, Brussels Roos Galjaard Bureau PAU


Topics Interreg IVC Capitalisation Innovation systems

Innovation capacity of SMEs

Eco-innovation

Creative industries

Entrepreneurship

E-government services

Demographic change

Rural development

Climate change

Energy efficiency

Renewable energy

Sustainable transport

Bureau PAU Plan Advies Uitvoering


Demographic change in EU Demographic change can be defined as the process of population ageing and population decline - the overall decrease in a region's population over time. Population change NUTS 3 regions (per 1000 inhabitants)

Source: EUROSTAT 2013 Bureau PAU Plan Advies Uitvoering


Low fertility rates, continuous rises in life expectancy and retirement of the baby boomer generation‌

• last 20 years: a 38.9 % rise in older persons aged 65 and above. In contrast, the number of 0 to 19 year olds fell by 15.5 % • despite a growing population, the EU labour force is shrinking, increasing the burden on workers to provide for the social expenditure needed by an ageing population

Bureau PAU Plan Advies Uitvoering


old-age-dependency ratio rises !! the number of elderly people at an age when they are generally economically inactive (i.e. aged 65 and over), compared to the number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64 years old).

Dark yellow = higher dependency ratio

AND‌ Bureau PAU Plan Advies Uitvoering


Regional population decline ↓ impact on e.g. public and social services, housing, infrastructure, healthcare, ‌ policies are slow to adapt, leaving some people excluded. main challenge: liveability of areas and the quality of life for inhabitants

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Demographic change is acknowledged by Europe to be one of the major challenges for now and increasingly so in the future.

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What can we learn from Interreg IVC thematic capitalisation on demographic change??

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Analysed Interreg IVC projects on Demographic Change

9 projects tackling ‘Demographic Change’

DAA

100 partners involved from 22 EU Member States + Norway

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The main themes

The ‘paradigm shift’ from growth to decline offers opportunities for experiment, out of the box thinking and innovation in local planning and governance.

Inspirational approaches and practices

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Many good practices

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Recommendations

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Economic Diversification

• Investigate the potential of the silver economy;

• SMEs could innovate their products by focusing on the needs of the elderly; • More emphasis should be given to innovation hubs or labs where companies, research institutes and the governments can build on new entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Social services and healthcare

• Plan facilities and services accordingly to people’s needs and choices; • Develop health care towards a more comprehensive, integrated system, whereby all important stakeholders are involved at an early stage and cooperate to deliver services of high quality; • Local and regional governments should facilitate and support the development of innovative services by adapting legal frameworks and through policy action. 241

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Independent living

• Train the patient and caregivers in how to use (ICT) services and also communicate these benefits to informal caregivers; • End-user needs approach;

• Consider techniques but also potential beneficiaries’ behaviour, organisational problems, and social and cultural aspects.

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On EU level

• More financial instruments specifically dedicated to active ageing: invest in the skills of the older population; • Mitigate the regional disparities within Europe by encouraging and facilitating creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels; • Emphasise the benefits of innovations in technology, ICT, housing and public-private partnerships in the area of senior care to create major potential for Europe's competitiveness. 243

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Last but not least

To increase good practice and solutions in relation to demographic change: encourage networking between regions in Europe

and improve processes of exchange.

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Thank you for your attention!

For the full report go to http://www.interreg4c.eu/capitalisation/ Roos Galjaard galjaard@pau.nl +31 50 549 09 02 / +31 6 50214869

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Results of INTERREG IV C Capitalization Exercise  

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