The Commission’s impact of demographic change in Europe report

6 July 2020

In June, the European Commission published its Report on the Impact of Demographic Change. Publication of this report was delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, conscious of the need to include the impacts of the virus on society and Europe’s demography. The report takes into account new realities.

The report presented the main drivers of demographic change and the impact they are having across Europe. It confirms that Europe’s working-age population is shrinking at a fast rate and predicts that in 2070, almost a third of the population is projected to be aged 65years and above. It also launched a process that will help identify concrete actions and solutions. A Green Paper on Ageing will be published early next year.

The Keep Me Posted EU campaign will continue to contribute to the discussion surrounding this report and future actions on demographic change. Giving older persons the right to choose how they want to receive important information (without incurring additional costs or reduced communications) is essential to avoid social & financial exclusion. This is even more critical now during the COVID-19 pandemic as digital transformation intensifies. A key aspect of this Commission’s work – and Europe’s future – is the digital transition. But nobody should be left behind.