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Fundecyt and the Junta de Extremadura together with the European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the Committee of the Regions, the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing (North Rhine-Westphalia) and the "Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)" (www.silvereconomy-europe.org) - would like to invite you to the "Regional Strategies on Active Ageing" workshop.

Typically regions in Europe lack strategies tackling the issues of demographic development and ageing. Mostly they still see both as a threat rather than an opportunity which – if taken as the latter – offer options for new service and product development which can help to better position regional service providers and their service more appropriately helping them to gain competitive advantages against competitors in other regions and eventually creating new jobs and employment. It is against this background that the SEN@ER partners are showing an interest in exchanging experiences in this area to learn from each other. Some of the member regions have (partial) strategies developed and in place from which others can learn. In addition a joint effort for tackling open issues seems to be more promising and likely to lead to successful results and achievements for all regions. Some SEN@ER regions can be seen as leaders in the field of regional strategy development in this area and have implemented these differently ranging from dedicated support and funding programmes set up in this area for example in Gelderland, to dedicated policy programmes in regions like Limburg, Limousin and Extremadura and the dedicated "Senior Economy" initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Against the background of the upcoming European Year for Active Ageing & Intergenerational Solidarity 2012 the workshop objectives are to

  • Inform about the objectives of the European Year for Active Ageing & Intergenerational Solidarity 2012
  • develop a European exchange of information on activities and initiatives in different European regions,
  • identify areas for cooperation which may lead to the establishment of partner consortia and
  • develop and submit project proposals to European Commission funding programmes.

At the workshop we will also introduce you to relevant funding programmes of the European Commission. These offer opportunities to different types of institutions in the regions for obtaining funding for a variety of different activities in the topic areas 'Silver Economy', and 'Regional Strategies on Active Ageing' which they would like to carry out with partners from other European regions.

The invited participants are kindly asked to submit to the SEN@ER Secretariat their points for discussion, ideas and proposal outline papers and projects they plan to present at the workshop ideally already before the workshop which will allow us to speed up the discussion and the decision making processes at the workshop.