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Project reason – The population ageing and the role of Volunteering Associations

Nowadays, governments and civic society are searching for new policies and common answers to face one of the most profound social transformations: the population ageing.  Although  the  structure  of  age  pyramid  in  the  EU  Member States and Candidate Countries and Potential Candidate Country varies, this shift has been deeply impacting on the social and economic spheres of every region in Adriatic area. Besides the continuously increase of average life age, what is a major achievement in the recent past, at the same time it leads to additional strain on the economy, society and sustainability of public finances. The population aging threatens process of institutional capacities of public, private profit and non - profit institutions / organizations in countries in Adriatic area.

Recognizing these common challenges, through the cooperation of 13 partners from 6 countries included in the IPA Programme area, the NET–Age project aims at strengthening the development capabilities of the Adriatic regions involved and the demographic process focusing on innovative social and health services to favour active ageing and independent living of elderly.

NET-Age project - Promote regional social development encouraging NETworking of relevant publicvolunteering stakeholders to boost innovation in the delivering social-health-care services for AGEing people - aims to improve the coordination among public - private stakeholders to overcome obstacles in the field of elderly assistance, encouraging them to work in partnership at local and Adriatic level and deliver innovative social - health services for ageing people to guarantee active, healthy and independently ageing; to increase the sustainability of social-health systems maintaining a balance among quality of services-reasonable level of expenditure-equal access; to foster the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) as new approach in the definition and programming  of  social-health  policies;  to  increase  and  favour  the  development  of  capacities,  competences  and  skills of public institution and CSO staff; and finally to enhance the level of awareness and information on the services and policies target to elderly, the role of volunteering in each territory and at Cross Border.

In  this  way,  NET-Age  actively  contributes  to  strength  democratic  process  and  institutional  capacity building activities. In the same time, project activities reduce the territorial inequalities among countries thus promoting Adriatic Cross - border networks of stakeholders as stable framework for cooperation, exchange of experience and transfer of competencies strengthening the process of forming Adriatic Ionian Macro Region.

Total budget of Net-Age project is € 1.880.437,49 and it will be implemented until May 2015.

Welcome to the NET-Age - Promote regional social development encouraging NETworking of relevant public volunteering stakeholders to boost innovation in the delivering social-health-care services for AGEing people - website, a 32 months project co-financed by the IPA CBC Adriatic Programme.

NET-Age offers opportunities for:

  • Public authorities and policy makers will be involved in mobility rounds and specific training session to improve the coordination with volunteering stakeholders in each region to: deliver together innovative social-health services to ageing people; to exchange experiences and know-how; to increase their competencies and skills and in the long term to reduce territorial inequalities in the Adriatic area.
  • Volunteering associations: strengthening of their capacities to face the ageing challenge and to be involved in the social policies strategy.