The European Commission has presented a green paper introducing a broad policy debate about the challenges and opportunities due to Europe’s ageing society. Finding a solution is imperative as it is believed that while only 20% of the population is above 65 today, it will increase to 30% by 2070.
The green paper aims at framing the debate by outlining the impact of this demographic trend on Europe’s economy and society. It welcomes the public to share their opinion on what response is most appropriate in a public consultation, which will last 12 weeks.
The EU’s Vice President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica emphasized that the purpose of this debate by saying it will “launch a discussion on tapping the full potential of an ageing population – the drivers for innovation which it presents, and the policy responses required.”
A life-cycle approach was taken when creating the green paper to reflect the universal impact of an ageing society. It stresses the importance of finding the right balance between sustainable solution for our welfare system and reinforcing intergenerational solidarity.
The public consultation is open to any interested citizen or organization from all EU members.
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