Challenges of the Region: Depopulation Control, Development – best practices (DeCoDe)

The objective of the project is to exchange strategies and good practices about depopulation issues and to discuss how rural areas can be made attractive.

Five transnational meetings are held, where the partners exchange experiences in working with their local challenges. The meetings consist of study tours, presentations and perspectives from local experts, and workshops. Each meeting has a theme: 

  • Introduction to “Challenges of Regional Centres: Depopulation Control, Development – best practices”
  • The best practices to decrease depopulation with focus on economy
  • Youth depopulation – what can be done?
  • Best practices for depopulation control action plan – thematic meeting and workshop
  • Final conference

The partner countries' experiences and good practices are collected in a small publication, which will be launched online with the aim of creating inspiration and passing on good development ideas across Europe.

The project is implemented in cooperation between different organizations, municipalities and regions from Southern, Northern and Eastern Europe:

  • Daugavpils City Council, Latvia (coordinator)
  • Kaunas municipality, Lithuania
  • Lodz Region, Poland
  • ACTA Center, Romania
  • Asociación para Desarrollo Integral de la Manchela Conquense, Spain
  • Magdeburg Municipality, Germany
  • VIFIN, Denmark

The project is supported by the EU program Europe for Citizens and runs from April 2018 to November 2019.

More information
For further information about the project, please go to the Facebook page: or contact Sarah-Louise Mortensen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Read a description of the project results here.

You can also download the DeCoDe’s Action Plan here and a booklet about the partners here.  

Minutes from the transnational meetings:

Video from the fourth meeting in Lodz, Poland (May 2019) and the final conference in Daugavpils, Latvia (November 2019): 

Third meeting

Final conference

 Final conference 2






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