SILVER SMEs final conference – Ageing in rural Europe: opportunities for local economies

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Date(s) - 21 Feb 2023
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Brussels - Belgium


Our Interreg Europe project SILVER SMEs is organising its final conference on 21 February 2023 in Brussels from 14:00 to 18:00.

The event will be an opportunity to explore the challenges of ageing in rural and mountainous areas and to discover how partners have successfully boosted the development of the Silver Economy in response to these challenges.

From training and communication with entrepreneurs to the creation of calls dedicated to SMEs and the integration of the Silver Economy as a territorial development axis, partners of the SILVER SMEs project managed to find solutions adapted to each of their territories in order to develop the Silver Economy, for the benefit of the older rural population.

The conference will give the floor to partners in our 8 rural territories as well as to representatives of European institutions.



4 discussion sessions will guide you through the challenges linked to ageing in rural areas, the demographic policies of the European Union and the concrete measures implemented in our territories to help the development of the Silver Economy.

The conference will give the floor to Toma Sutic, member of cabinet for ageing policies, cabinet of European Commission’s Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, Commissioner ofr Democracy and Demography, Birgitta Sacrédeus, member of Dalarna Regional Council and member of the European Committee of the Regions, Birgit Morlion, Programme and Policy officer within the “eHealth, Well-being, and Ageing” Unit at DG CONNECT, European Commission and to representatives from our 8 rural and mountainous territories.

Question and answer sessions will allow you to question the speakers and learn more.

You can consult the conference agenda.



The event will take place at Residence Palace – International Press Centre, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels. Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

The event will be webstreamed. You can register to join onsite or online by filling this registration form. Please note interpretation will be available only for onsite participants.

For further information, please contact To be updated on the event, you can also subscribe to SILVER SMEs’ newsletter.


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