You are here: CENTRAL 2007-2013  >> Priorities  >> Competitiveness  >> Demography and social change

Addressing the territorial effects of demographic and social change on urban and regional development


Central Europe is facing demographic trends such as an ageing society and migration, which have economic, social and cultural implications on urban and regional development in the Cooperation Area.

Therefore, urban and regional development needs to find solutions and increase the capacity to react effectively to the changing needs of society in Central Europe. Reactions are needed in the sense of ensuring the service provision for all population groups, in sparsely populated areas in particular, but also in urban agglomerations.

Housing and services generally need to be adapted closer to demographic and social trends and it will be necessary to work against social and spatial segregation in urban areas. Consequently, these activities will help to raise the quality of life for citizens in Central Europe and contribute to achieving better social integration and reduced

Specific objectives

This Area of Intervention seeks to reduce negative effects of the demographic and social change on urban and regional development.


  • putting innovative solutions for service-provision and for the adaptation and provision of key services and infrastructures (health system, water, housing etc.) into practice
  • promoting actions for adapting cities and regions to the needs of specific groups of population (e.g. elderly people, single households, handicapped people etc.)
  • implementing transnational strategies to counter-balance social and spatial segregation and to integrate aspects of citizens’ participation at an early stage of planning
  • promoting actions for the provision of public services in the proximity of residential quarters
  • developing and applying innovative solutions for addressing bottlenecks in urban development (e.g. housing, service infrastructure, congestions, investment barriers, limited areas for housing and industrial development)
  • using new urban technologies to bring innovative and effective solutions to public services
  • applying cross-sectoral actions to adapt the housing stock to current needs (e.g. regeneration of housing areas…) and to integrate housing into urban and regional development policies