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In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.
The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives:
- Strengthen social dialogue and the involvement of all stakeholders in developing integrated strategies and national policies for active ageing;
- Develop employment and skills through lifelong learning;
- Promote dynamic careers and dynamic work;
- Stimulate senior entrepreneurship;
- Fight all types of discrimination, particularly age and gender discrimination;
- Implement knowledge transfer/sharing initiatives;
- Implement flexible work arrangements and better working conditions;
- Promote solidarity between generations and change attitudes towards ageing.
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