AGE publishes position on 2015 European Semester: proposed reforms likely to increase inequalities and social exclusion
AGE Platform Europe has collected its members' feedback on the EU Country Specific Recommendations (CSR) addressed to EU member states as part of the European Semester exercise 2015. According to our members, many recent reforms in national social protection systems requested by the CSR have a cumulative negative impact on the fundamental rights of older people in many EU Member States and will challenge their rights to participate in society, live independently and in dignity.
This is especially the case in the areas of pensions, health and long-term care, in which the cuts in statutory pensions, the lack of investment in health and the still persisting age discrimination in employment are more than likely to increase poverty, inequalities and social exclusion.
AGE has sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, which highlights our members' concerns and calls for the European Semester to ensure more coherence between EU social and fiscal objectives.