Europe needs a comprehensive ageing policy
The increase in the number of old people is leaving governments with a bigger bill, while the low birth rate means there are fewer taxpayers to foot the bill.
Appeared in print on 07.02.2013
European Voice has discussed ageing only sporadically in the past year (“Food for thought”, 4-10 October 2012, “Out with the old, in with the new?”, 31 May-5 June 2012, and “Time to value migrants’ contribution”, 7-13 June 2012). This is a reflection of a broader lack of policy debate at the EU level about ageing, even though Europe’s demography difficulties are factors in many of Europe’s policies.