Project Details

Title: Capitalising Innovative Approaches towards Demographic Change
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Employment, human capital and education

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 2: Capitalisation Project
Fast track: Yes
Duration: 1st Jul 2008 - 30th Jun 2010


Total budget: €1,445,248.00
ERDF contribution: €1,124,016.00

Lead partner

Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
Otto-Schill-Straße 1
4109, Leipzig

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    • Contact Person: Silvana Rückert
      Phone: +49 (0)341 1407790
      Fax: +49 (0)341 14077911

Project summary

ESF6 CIA aims at the transferability of best practices analysed in ESF Art. 6 operations to, especially, new member states. Demographic change is a subject which effects our society daily. Elderly people become a more important and outstanding group in our daily life, with a great potential of knowledge available for the transfer to younger generations. In best practices this resource was identified and will be allocated and transferred to regions facing the same issue of demographic change.

The partner structure is realised under the objective of matching less experienced with more advanced regions. Providers, meaning advanced partners in the development and improvement of best practices, form the basis of the partner structure as they guarantee and offer their experiences through the development of best practices. The receivers on the other side are in the position to take over well proved best practices, and to be at the end at the same level as the providers.

Following the first step, the development and improvement of best practices in ESF Art. 6 projects, the second logical step is the capitalisation and transfer of identified best practices to other regions with the need to address demographic change. Through the involvement of managing authorities and other relevant stakeholders, the third step, will be the implementation of the best practices analysed and formulated in action plans.

With a running time of two years, the main outcome of ESF6 CIA will be the formulation of action plans for each region of best practices. The action plans form the end result of an intensive interregional exchange between the partners through sensitising workshops and joint thematic seminars during the project lifetime. The successful realisation of the project lies firstly in the cooperation and experience exchange between the partners, and secondly in the involvement and sensitising of relevant stakeholders of each region within the field of demographic change.

Project achievements

ESF6 CIA led to a transfer of good practices to mitigate impacts of demographic change on working life that had resulted by innovative actions promoted under Article 6 of the 2000 - 2006 ESF framework. The project implementation had started out with the compilation of a good practice database with 13 entries, both in the form of a workbook and on the project website. To illustrate selected approaches, video clips were produced and made available on the project’s YouTube channel. In each of the project’s eight partner regions (Abruzzo/IT, Bulgaria, Catalonia/ES, East of England/UK, Flanders/BE, Saxony/DE, South-Transdanubian Region/HU), awareness raising actions, including Sensitisation Workshops with key stakeholders and – in most of them – guest speakers from the partner regions, were organised to discuss demographic change impacts and available solutions to address those.

The workshops helped to secure the involvement of responsible ESF Managing Authorities and the endorsement of activities by the regions’ key actors. Thereafter, the transferability of good practices was assessed. This analysis involved a detailed investigation of statistical demographic data and of existing legal, administrative and financial frameworks in order to determine the feasibility of one good practice’s transfer. In the following, bilateral contacts between partners were intensified to offer a coaching to those partners “receiving” a good practice by the “owning” partner. Furthermore, thematic seminars were arranged where partners and their key actors had the opportunity to endeavour detailed information, for example through workshops with local stakeholders (e.g. individual business representatives).

Enabled by the resulting capacity building, project partners had drafted Action Plans for each of the participating regions and negotiated their content with key actors (e.g. social partners, public authorities) and sought their endorsement by responsible ESF MAs. The action plans include transferred approaches as well as new instruments created on the basis of good practices from partners. Measures include the launch of two new ESF national programmes in Bulgaria (titled “Back to Work”, “Development”; promotion of active aging and reintegration into the labour market), an already approved cross-border ESF project in Flanders (“BA[L]AN”; flexible work arrangements to facilitate employment for elderly) and new projects prepared for existing programmes (all remaining partner regions). The latter include further education schemes (Catalonia, Western Greece: focus on women active aging), the introduction of age management tools for SME (Abruzzo), flexible working (East of England) and.. integrated approach to enable SME to adjust their workforce to the demographic challenge while also promoting integration of minority groups (Saxony). These project proposals have been prepared and are currently negotiated with ESF Managing Authorities as follow-up measures.


In the project lifetime, three transnational events (Kick-Off, Mid-Term Conference and Final Conference) took place where all partners, representatives from the European Commission (DG REGIO) and guests from policy networks jointly debated the challenges posed by demographic change and (further) possible solutions. As ESF6 CIA has been labelled a fast-track project, the European Commission (DG REGIO) gave support to the partners and helped to establish contacts to DG EMPL desk officers responsible for the OPs addressed by the project and its resulting action plans.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH, Leipzig GERMANY Leipzig +49 (0)341 1407790
Working Lives Research Institute-London Metropolitan University, London UNITED KINGDOM Inner London +44(0) 20 7320 3042
RESOC Mechelen, Mechelen BELGIUM Prov. Antwerpen +32(0)15281550
University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila ITALY Abruzzo +39 (0) 862 433 150
Region of Western Greece (RWG), Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada +30 2610 465811
AICCRE, Roma ITALY Lazio +39 (0) 669940461
Roses City Council, Roses SPAIN Cataluña + 34 972 152812
Institute of Sociology - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IS), Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden +35 92 980 90 86
Region Abruzzo, L'Aquila ITALY Abruzzo +39 (0) 862 364255
South-Transdanubian Regional Development Financial & Servicing, Pécs HUNGARY Del-Dunantul +36 72 314 845
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden (+35) 9 2 811 94 43


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