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.

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. 

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