Ecorys to study policy challenges and best practices of EU cities adapting to population ageing

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Ecorys is commissioned by ESPON to study the policy challenges and best practices of EU cities adapting to population ageing. Stakeholder cities are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hengelo, Greater Manchester, Nantes, Oslo and Zaragoza.

The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to rise from 17% to 30% by 2060. However, in cities such as Amsterdam and Barcelona, this percentage is expected to rise to 30% by 2030. This rapid demographic change, along with transnational migration, spatial segregation and pockets of deprivation, poses as a major challenge for Europe’s social and health systems. The purpose of this project is to contribute to strengthening policies and initiatives towards developing more age-friendly cities not only for stakeholder cities, but also for Europa as a whole. 

Ecorys will achieve this purpose by carrying out in-depth case studies in the stakeholder cities. In addition, a ‘practical guide’ with good practices and policy recommendations will be drafted with enabling the transferability of the ACPA outcomes to other cities as its main purpose. 

The final delivery of the project is due on 10th January 2020. Watch a presentation and read more about this project here or contact Thijs Fikken ([email protected]) or Erik van Ossenbruggen ([email protected]) if you wish to receive more information.