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How can Regional and Cohesion policies tackle demographic challenges?

The aim of the study is to provide an overview of regional demographic structures and trends in the EU, focusing on their likely effects on socio-economic and territorial cohesion. It will provide an assessment of how and to what extent the 2007-13 European Cohesion Policy and Structural Funds have been tackling demographic change at the regional level in order to derive useful indications on how Cohesion Policy actions could be more effective in the future programming period (2014-2020). The methodology of the study includes literature review, statistical analysis of structural features of demographic challenges and cohesion policy expenditure at NUTS2 level, field case studies in ten regions of EU27 and desk analysis of the main programming documents.

Client: European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies of the Union, Directorate B – Structural and Cohesion Policy, 2011-2013.

Leader: IRS - Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IT); Partners: PPMI, Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius

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