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Newsletters > December 2011 > Closure of the PEOPLE Project
The PEOPLE project is now ending and this is probably the right time to draw-up a balance of our activities achieved in such frame.
First of all, we can say that it has been a great professional and human experience for all of those people engaged over the last 3 years in this project. Recent figures and trends are clearly demonstrating that demographic changes are becoming one of the core issues of our society in Europe. Public opinion in Europe is widely aware of that uncertain transition and stimulate public authorities to act and as much as possible to counteract social consequences. Older people, youth, women, vulnerable and community groups are concerned and are under the threat of discrimination and marginalisation.
So, we are proud to be in the frontline in these fields and open to transfer our learning and recommendations to all people or organisations committed to face these challenges.

By the end of 2008, when our intention became reality, Europe was just entering in an economic downturn process which has by now fully contaminated Europe and is affecting most of the European regions. Since economy and employment are the 2 key elements of any policy, demographic transformation should be first considered as fields of opportunities still to explore. Such glance opens a large range of solutions to empower people and to provide the best conditions for assuming these changes. PEOPLE project has been built around these premises.

Our efforts in PEOPLE focused on 6 targets dealing with Reconciliation of work and private life, E-health and Independence, Silver economy, Social and e-inclusion, Social entrepreneurship, Civil society empowerment. These topics gave for all of us huge possibilities to exchange experiences and to disseminate the best practices taking place in our regions. Based on these learning, we know that many interactions are required to progress and innovate and by providing methodologies and policy recommendations, PEOPLE partners expect a significant impact on regional governance.

All these outcomes have been based on a genuine compromise of the people taking part of this project. 7 regions in Europe and more than 30 regional organisations were engaged and could take profit of the whole dimension of the project. Dealing jointly with different cultures was another positive aspect of such cooperation based project. This was enhanced by the possibility to launch Sub-projects with a clear innovative and pilot approach and leading to concrete applications.

May all these people find here our gratitude for their professional competence and personal involvement.