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European Commission report on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

In general the report is fairly positive about the results of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. It has managed to mobilize numerous governmental and non-governmental actors, and helped convey a more positive image of population ageing by highlighting the potentials of older people and promoting their active participation in society and the economy.

Many took the opportunity to develop new initiatives or strengthen their existing ones. However, the activities triggered by the EY2012 can only be regarded as a first step in the right direction. It is important to maintain the momentum that has been built up during the EY2012. Several tools have been or are being developed for this purpose, and in particular the guiding principles on active ageing, the active ageing index, the covenant on demographic change.

We are delighted that the report states the EU will continue to support them. This will take the form of policy guidance, notably in the context of the European Semester where recommendations on longer careers have been addressed to most Member States, as well as, more recently, country-specific recommendations on long-term care. Moreover, Active and healthy ageing is, consequently, one of the investment priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the 2014-2020 programming period.

Regarding the independent living pillar of the EY2012, the Commission supports the Social Protection Committee in producing a report on long-term care to be published on June 2014.

The positive momentum created by the EY2012 needs to be maintained for many years to come. The strong solidarity between generations that characterise Europe’s societies and welfare systems can only be sustained in the context of ageing populations and tight budgets by promoting active ageing in all its forms.

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Belgian report on European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity

The closing conference of the European Year of Active Ageing and intergenerational Solidarity was held in Belgium November 2012. Federal Public Service Social Security promised to publish the results and conclusions of this collective work in the Belgian Journal on Social Security.

This publication is now available (Dutch only) online on the site of het FPS Social Security Click this link to view the publication 

Population projections 2010-2060

EU27 population is expected to peak by around 2040.
One person in eight aged 80 or more in 2060.
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Third Demography Report: population is becoming older and more diverse

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addressing the healthcare innovation challenges

An exchange of views on the European Innovation Partnership in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing.
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European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Age

Rapport over de openbare raadpleging over het "European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"
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