We are very pleased to announce that the Liguria Region (IT) has officially joined EUREGHA as a full member of our network. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration through which we can learn from each other and support our joint efforts towards high quality, people-centered health and social care.
The Liguria Region re-established its EU affairs office in April 2021, aiming to reposition itself towards EU policies and programs across different topics that are of specific interest to the region. One of these topics is demographic change. An enormous challenge for Europe, for Italy, and particularly for Liguria, which is the oldest region in Europe. When it comes to anticipating the consequences of an ageing population, Liguria is probably one of the frontrunners in Europe. This is also demonstrated by the fact that they were a reference site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). Liguria is not only confronted with challenges resulting from an ageing population, but also from an ageing territory, such as erosion and flooding. To mitigate this, they are interested in natural solutions that help the region adapt, viewing frailty of the population and of the land they live on as interconnected issues.
EUREGHA membership is valuable for the Liguria Region because they want to help regional stakeholders convey their ideas at EU level and learn from how other members approach health-related topics. Additionally, they strongly believe that participation in EU projects positively influences the work environment, as it stimulates people to focus on clear, measurable objectives and meaningful partnerships. We are happy to welcome them on board and look forward to working with them in the future.