Demographic change in Europe will severely influence the development potentials of numerous regions and open questions like effective provision of services, availability of labour force, social and health care, settlement structure, etc. Thus, demographic change will become an important political issue and also an important aspect of regional development. In the paper, we present a demographic change in Slovenia (projections at various territorial levels have been made for 2023, 2028, 2033 and 2038) and the experiences with the promotion of development in demographically endangered regions that Slovenia had in 1990ies. The projections show a critical situation in many regions, especially in border areas, which requires adequate response of the regional policy. In mitigating demographic change, Slovene regional policy can base on the experiences with the implementation of the Law on the Promotion of Development in Demographically Endangered Regions in the Republic of Slovenia. Orientation exclusively to demographically endangered regions proved unsuccessful because of many other factors, that influence the development, but yet the demographic factor will play an important role in the coming decades.
B.03 Paper at an international scientific conference