Social Europe Guide on Demography, Active Ageing and Pension

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.

The EU Contribution to Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

The brochure "The EU Contribution to Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations" is a comprehensive document setting out what the European Union is doing to encourage active ageing. The main tools to support active ageing are in the hands of policymakers in the Member States. However, the EU can mobilise a wide range of policy instruments to support national governments and other stakeholders in their efforts. Hence, the brochure covers existing measures at EU level, but also looks at others that are still being discussed, such as legislation in the pipeline and proposals for funding programmes in the new 2014-20 budget cycle. The overall aim is to inspire more determined efforts in all Member States to promote active ageing, thereby ensuring that solidarity between generations can withstand the test of population ageing.

OECD - Roadmap for the good design of defined contribution pension plans

In seeking to assist countries to strengthen retirement income adequacy in a defined contribution environment, the OECD Working Party on Private Pensions has identified elements of good design and public policy. The 10 recommendations in the roadmap were approved and endorsed by the OECD Working Party on Private Pensions in June 2012 and can be found in the file below.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - A Rapid Evidence Review of Interventions for Improving Health Literacy

The promotion of health literacy is critical for active and informed participation in health and healthcare, and is identified as a key action to reduce health inequalities. This report presents the outcomes of a rapid review of the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to improve health literacy, with a specific focus on communicable diseases and interventions for disadvantaged populations within the European context. The review identifies gaps in the research evidence concerning which interventions are most effective in improving health literacy, particularly with regard to communicable diseases and studies conducted in Europe. It highlights that further research is needed on the impact of health literacy interventions in the public health field, paying particular attention to evaluating communication about communicable diseases, and determining the most effective strategies for meeting the needs of population groups with low literacy levels, and those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and hard to reach.


The German Federal Statistical Office/Eurostat - Active Ageing

The German Federal Statistical Office, in collaboration with Eurostat, has just published the brochure "Active ageing" as a contribution to the European Year 2012.The 10-page publication paints a picture of life beyond 65 on the basis of official European statistics and shows how life expectancy in the EU is ever increasing. People are not only living longer - a growing proportion is also able to maintain a fairly good level of health even at an advanced age. This brochure complements the report 'Older People in Germany and the EU', published by the Federal office in December 2011, which provides an in-depth portrait about how seniors live in Germany and across the EU, examining their family relationships, their presence on the job market and their social involvement.

The 2012 Ageing Report: Economic and budgetary projections for the EU27 Member States (2010-2060)

The European Commission has released 'The 2012 Ageing Report: Economic and budgetary projections for the EU27 Member States (2010-2060)', analysing the economic and budgetary impact of an ageing population over the long-term. The report, presented to the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in May 2012, details the expenditure projections covering pensions, health care, long-term care, education and unemployment transfers for all Member States. A statistical annex gives a country-by-country overview of the main assumptions and results. On the basis of current policies, age-related public expenditures (pensions, health-care and long-term care) are projected to increase by 4.1 percentage points to around to around 29% of GDP between 2010 and 2060. Public pension expenditure alone is projected to rise by 1.5 percentage points to nearly 13% of GDP by 2060. However, the report shows a large diversity across EU Member States, depending notably on progress with pension reforms.

Eurostat - 40% more women than men among the EU population aged 65 and over

How many more women than men are there among the total population and among the elderly? Is the share of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion higher than for men? How do employment rates for women and men differ by education level? Do women buy different goods and services over the internet than men?

Answers to these questions can be found in this News Release, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on the occasion of the International Women's Day on 8 March 2012. The tables in this News Release only show a small part of the large amount of gender based data available at Eurostat. A dedicated section on the topic of gender equality is available on the Eurostat web site.

Mental Health and Well-being in Older People - Making it Happen: Factsheet

This factsheet of existing good practices was circulated as an accompanying document for the conference "Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being of Older People - Making it Happen' which was held in Madrid on 28th-29th June 2010.

The conference was co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Spain. It was an event under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being, with the support of the Presidency of Spain of the European Union.

Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations - A Statistical Portrait of the European Union 2012

The European Union's population structure is changing and becoming progressively older - at the beginning of 2010, there were 87 million people aged 65 and over in the EU, more than 17 % of the total population.

In response to demographic challenges being faced within Europe, the European Union designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The overall objective of the European Year is to facilitate the creation of an active ageing culture in Europe based on a society for all ages.

As Europeans live longer and healthier lives, governments are looking for ways to involve older persons more in society and to keep them active. Eurostat is marking the European Year by publishing this book which contains statistics on topics such as demography, healthcare, pensions, volunteering and adult learning.

The brochure is available to donwload from here

Eurofound - Impact of the Recession on Age Management Policies

This resumé gives information about research on 'Restructuring in recession and labour force participation'. It explores the age management practices of companies in light of restructuring undergone during the recession.

Eurofound - Living Longer, Working Better: Europe's Coming of Age

Produced and published by Eurofound in December 2011, this leaflet explores the links between demographic change and ageing and the labour market and employment.

Eurostat - EuroBarometer 378: Active Ageing

This EuroBarometer, published January 2012, surveys:

  • the overall perceptions of ageing and older people,
  • views of older people in the workplace,
  • views on retirement and pensions,
  • views on voluntary work and support for older people,
  • views on tackling the challenges of ageing.

To download the document, please click here.

Demography Report - Older, More Numerous and Diverse Europeans

This Demographic Report aims to provide the latest facts and figures that are needed for an informed debate on social policy issues. It is a joint undertaking between the EC Directorate General for 'Employment, social affairs and inclusion' and Eurostat. It consists of two parts, a short annex on migration in the recession and a country annex.

Part I looks at historical and recent trends in fertility, life expectancy and migration - the three drivers of population change. It includes a review of population structure by age and family composition.

Part II explores an increasingly important phenomenon: the increasing number of European citizens who seek opportunities across national borders for study, work, life experience and inspiration, resulting in different forms of international connectedness across national borders.

Ageing Report (2009) - Economic and budgetary projections for the EU-27 Member States (2008-2060)

This publication details long-term economic and budgetary projections aimed at assessing the impact of Europe's ageing population. It aims to enhance comparability of data across countries and the economic basis for the underlying assumptions.

It is structured in two parts. The first describes the assumptions underlying the population projection, the labour force projection and the other macro-economic assumptions. The second part presents the projection of expenditure on pensions, health care, long-term care, education and unemployment transfers. A statistical annex gives a country-by-country overview of the main assumptions and results.

The report is provided by DG ECFIN and can be downloaded here.

World Health Organization - Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide

Population ageing and urbanisation are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environments.

An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.

Informed by WHO's approach to active ageing, the purpose of this publication aims to help cities to become more age-friendly, so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity.

Age Platform - How to Promote Ageing Well in Europe: Instruments and Tools Available to Local and Regional Actors

In most member states, it is the role of regional and local authorities to create services adapted to the needs of their older population, such as offering accessible public transport, housing and infrastructure; facilitating access to employment and volunteering for older people; ensuring quality health and long term care services, fighting against discrimination, and promoting active citizenship and cross-generational initiatives.

However the financial crisis, recession and austerity makes it harder for many regions and local authorities confronted with a rapid population decline to provide the services required by their ageing populations, in particular the health and long-term care needs of older people.

This brochure, produced jointly by AGE Platform and the Committee of the Regions, aims to provide useful information on the instruments developed by the European Union that can be used by local actors to promote active ageing and greater solidarity between generations.


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