Demographic, economic and societal changes over the next 50 years will affect pension systems in many different ways.
Developing countries are expected to face rapid population growth.
Europe is ageing and the european workforce is ageing too. Between 1950 and 2000 the percentage of people over 65 years of age in the EU25 increased from 9.1% to 15.7%. By 2025 this group will represent 22.7% of the entire population. Between 2010 and 2030 in the EU25 the EC expects a drop in the number of (Source: Demographic Green Paper of the EC of 2005):
1. Employment rates in Europe
The European trade union movement supports the ambitious targets set by the European Council in Lisbon (2000) and Stockholm (2001): increase of the general employment rate to 70% and of the employment rate of older workers (55 to 64) to 50% by 2010. This increase is crucial in order to ensure the sustainability of the pension system, whatever be their design.