The document provides among other relevant information the foundation for the upcoming Green Paper of Ageing and Long-term Vision for Rural Areas.
The European Commission released on 17 June 2020 a Report on the Impact of Demographic Change, which shows the long-term demographic trends in Europe, the differences across EU countries, and the need to address the impact of the demographic change on growth and sustainability, employment, health and long-term care in different parts of Europe.
Among the most relevant facts mentioned in this report pointing there is an increase in life expectancy at birth increased to 78.2 years for men and 83.7 for women. This growth is projected to continue: men born in 2070 are expected to live 86 years, and women 90. By 2070, 30.3% of the population is projected to be aged 65 years or older (compared to 20.3% in 2019) and 13.2% is projected to be aged 80 years or older (compared to 5.8% in 2019)
This data projects according to the European Commission an impact in the Europe’s working-age population which is shrinking, and therefore is necessary to find ways to sustain economic growth by bringing more people into jobs and increasing productivity.
The first-ever Report on the Impact of Demographic, presents the drivers of this long-term change and the impact it is having across Europe, and provides the foundation for the upcoming Green Paper on Ageing.