The resulting Public Consultation initiative aims at gathering feedback from stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities of demographic ageing, taking a life-cycle approach based on intergenerational solidarity, as described in the Green Paper.
Make Mothers Matter (MMM) participated in the EU Public Consultation on Ageing and Demographic Change, which was launched in January 2021 following the presentation of a Green Paper on Ageing by the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Demography and Democracy, Dubravka Šuica. Mrs. Šuica, was appointed, notably with the mission to present a Green Paper on Ageing and to launch a broad debate on long-term impacts, such as on care and pensions.
The Paper is based on the findings of the Report on the Impact of Demographic Change published by the European Commission in June 2020. It further sets out the key issues related to ageing and discusses possible ways to anticipate and respond to the socioeconomic impact of Europe’s ageing population.
In the Consultation, MMM answered very precise thematic questions and also made the below recommendations:
The EU Commission has put demography high on the EU policy agenda, taking into account the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and UN Decade for Healthy Ageing Competences. The challenges of an ageing population are largely in the hands of Member States. However, the EU has an important role to play in identifying key issues and trends and supporting action on ageing at national, regional and local level. It can help Member States and regions develop their own policy initiatives, thereby engaging young and older EU citizens in a dynamic society.
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