The German AAL (Ambient Assisted Living), the Portuguese DGOTDU and the National Centre for Regional Development, (NCRD) in Bulgaria are all governmental partners. The AAL is linked and backed up by the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education but also the VDI/VDE (German association of ICT related companies), whereas the NCRD is part of the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Affairs. The DGOTDU promotes all kinds of research regarding urban and spatial planning in Portugal.
AAL, DGOTDU and NCRD can offer substantial know-how and access to all sorts of data in support of any research project. Whereas AAL specifically was founded to cope with issues related to demographic change, awareness in Bulgaria regarding these topics is growing, but largely underdeveloped compared to any of the other participating countries.
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