Demographic change

Related Theme: Social Affairs

Europe’s population is changing. The proportion of older people is growing as the "baby boomer" post war generation reaches retirement age. Life expectancy is going up by some ​two to three months every year, and the number of 60-year-olds and over is increasing annually by about 2 million: twice as fast as before 2007.

At the same time, the fertility rate is low. Europe's current population growth is fuelled mainly by immigration.

As the population ages, there is a risk that a shrinking working population will have to support more pensioners, as well as young and unemployed people on benefits. Welfare systems will be unable to cope.

The EESC has called for action in a number of policy areas, for instance in relation to reconciliation of work and family life.

EESC on demographic change

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Events on Demographic change

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  • Meeting - Island of Saaremaa, Estonia

    On 27th June 2016, a delegation of EESC Members of the "Transport, energy, infrastructures and information society" section went on mission to the island of Saaremaa in Estonia, with the objective to evaluate the solutions developed to develop the economy and improve the wellbeing of the population.


  • Meeting - Lisbon, Portugal

    On 20 May 2016, the EESC's TEN Section project delegation carried out a study visit in Lisbon to gain first-hand knowledge of some of the extremely interesting smart city projects that have been set up in the city.

    The Lisbon region boasts a high concentration of companies involved in high-level technology and research, with approximately 333 000 companies headquartered in the region.

    The delegation had the opportunity for a study visit to learn more about the Sharing Cities lighthouse project.


  • Aegean Islands
    Kythnos, Greece

    On 17th May 2016, a delegation of EESC Members of the "Transport, energy, infrastructures and information society" section went on mission to the Aegean islands (EL), with the objective to learn about the islands' production of energy.

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    Meeting - Malaga, Spain

    On 13 May 2016, the EESC's TEN Section project delegation carried out a study visit in Malaga to gain first-hand knowledge of some of the extremely interesting smart city projects that have been set up in the city. The delegation learned, inter alia, about the "ZeM2All" project (Zero Emissions Mobility to All).


  • Samso, Denmark

    On 4th May 2016, a delegation of EESC Members of the "Transport, energy, infrastructures and information society" section is on mission to the island of Samsø (Denmark), with the objective to evaluate the islands' smart projects developed in the area of energy autonomy.

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