Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimir Spidla is set to present a strategy to deal with the double challenge of an ageing population and declining birth rates in Europe.
The Communication “Making demographic change an opportunity for Europe” will be adopted by the college of commissioners on 12 October. The new policy strategy will try to present solutions to the challenge of Europe’s ageing population as the “baby-boom” generation begins to retire and families have less and less children.
The Communication will present the impacts of these demographic trends on the labour market, productivity, social security and public finances and propose concrete policy responses to these challenges.
The new strategic paper is a follow-up to the 2005 Green Paper “Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between generations”.
EU official documents
- Eur-Lex:Green Paper "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations", COM(2005) 94 final (March 2005) [FR] [FR] [DE]
- ScadPlus:Green Paper "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations"
EU Actors positions
- UEAPME:Position paper on Green Paper on demographic change, (2005)
- European Youth Forum:Bureau position paper on the Green Paper on demographic change, (Sept 2005)
- ETUC:Resolution on the Green Paper, (June 2005)
- AGE (European Older People Platform):Response to the Green paper on Demographic Change
- Eurochambres:Comments on the Green Paper on confronting demographic change, (Oct 2005)