EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

Active Ageing: What differential experiences across EU countries?

Introduction
Population ageing remains a long-term common challenge for all European countries, although its magnitude, speed and timing vary across European countries (Lanzieri 2011). The potential implications on the size and shape of public services and finances as well as on the future growth and on living standards are considerable (Economic Policy Committee 2009a; 2009b). A change is therefore called for in public policies and institutions as well as in individual behaviours towards extending working lives and also to contribute to society through other unpaid non-market activities (for example through volunteering and family care) during old age. Read More