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European Commission publishes a new volume of the Social Europe guide on demography, active ageing and pensions

European Commission publishes a new volume of the Social Europe guide on demography, active ageing and pensions

The 3rd volume of the Social Europe guide recently published by the European Commission, entitled "Demography, active ageing and pensions”, gives an overview of the main demographic trends faced by Europe, such as ageing, a decrease in the working age population and declining fertility.

The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication covering specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament.

In the just released volume, the publication describes the EU's actions to promote active ageing, and explains EU policy efforts to ensure adequate, safe and sustainable pensions for the decades to come.

“One of the key objectives of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between the Generations is to ensure that active ageing will become a project in which the whole of society is ready to engage. It needs the full support not just of all levels of government but of the social partners, civil society and individual citizens”, concludes the document, reminding readers that “the whole of society will lose if Europe fails rise to the challenge of demographic change. The whole of society will gain if that challenge is met”.

Forwarded by László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, this new Social Europe guide includes interviews and contributions from several stakeholders, such as Karen Hækkerup, Minister for Social Affairs and Integration of Denmark; Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Member of the European Parliament, and Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro.

This publication is available online and in printed format in English, French and German.