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MAIN STRATEGIC CHALLENGE FOR
EUROPEAN POLITICS
The demographic change and its impact on
social, economic, healthcare and educational
matters have become one of the main
strategic challenges for European politics.
The Demographic Change Regions Network
(DCRN), founded in 2006, is an open informal
network that joins together Brussels based
regional offices interested in challenges of
demographic change – ageing, declining and
migration of population.
Nowadays the network is a group of European
regions that see that the demographic trends
in Europe are an important factor to consider
and discuss in all governmental levels from
local to European.
Demographic changes are and continue to be
a great challenge for the economic and social
cohesion of Europe, therefore awareness-
raising on the topic is essential.
ACTIVITIES
Activities of the network consist of regular
meetings
and
brainstorming
sessions,
seminars and workshops,
meetings
with
relevant officials and also disseminating best
practices through responses to the EC
consultations and events organised by the
network's members. The main aims of the
network are:
raising the awareness of European
institutions on the specific needs of
regions affected by demographic change,
cooperating with EU institutions - in
particular the European Parliament, the
European
Commission
and
the
Committee of Regions,
sharing information and experiences on
demographic change issues,
improving cooperation on demographic
issues among Brussels based regional
offices,
developing common projects,
promoting
cooperation
between
the
regions and stakeholders such as NGOs
and universities.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
In recent years the network has successfully
launched an EU-funded Interreg IVC project
named DART (Declining, Ageing and Regional
Transformation). Main outcomes of the project:
definition
of
the
new
common
indicators for measuring decline and
other
symptoms
of
demographic
change in European
regions,
identification
of
good
practices
strengthening the economy in the area
of education, health care and social
services - the best of these practices
were transferred to the regions outside
the project's consortium,
political recommendations to regional
and European stakeholders and raised
public and political awareness with
regard to declining and ageing regions.
For more information please see:
www.dart-project.eu
Some
of
the
regions
in
the
network
participated in other Interreg projects such as:
Best Agers
www.best-agers-project.eu
Adapt to DC
www.adapt2dc.eu

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MORE INFORMATION
More information on the network’s views and
topics:
DCRN Position Paper on Demographic
Change and Cohesion Policy
(May 2012)
http://dcrn.eu/demographic-change-and-
cohesion-policy
Joint declaration of the European Regions:
Facing demographic change as a regional
challenge
http://dcrn.eu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/06-
10-01-Position-Paper-final-cover-and-text.pdf
DCRN response to the Commission
consultation on ‘Growing Regions,
growing Europe: Public consultation on
the future of EU Cohesion Policy’
(January 2008)
http://dcrn.eu/wp-
content/uploads/2013/04/DCRN-Response-to-
the-Commission-consulation-on-Growing-
Regions-growing-Europe-Public-consultation-
on-the-future-of-EU-Cohesion-Policy.pdf
DCRN is a registered organisation in the
European Union Transparency Register.
INTERESTED IN JOINING?
Contact the DCRN for more information on
future events and activities!
Homepage of the DCRN network
www.dcrn.eu
mail to
info@dcrn.eu
or contact
Paul Engelen
Representation of the Province of Limburg
T: +32 (0)2 737.99.74
F: +32 (0)2 737.99.61
engelen@nl-prov.eu
Elisabeth Bougeois
Bureau Bourgogne Franche-Comté Europe
T : +32 (0)2 231.10.50
F : +32 (0)2 230.38.48
elisabeth.bougeois@bfce.eu
Patrick Schneider
Representation of the Land Brandenburg to
the European Union
T: +32 (0)2 737.74.53
F: +32 (0)2 737.74.69
patrick.schneider@eulv.brandenburg.de
Photos:State Chancellery of the Land Brandenburg, Province
Limburg
Layout: State Chancellery of the Land Brandenburg, Hanse-Office