AGE welcomes the designation of an EU Vice-President Commissioner for Democracy and Demography!
Brussels, Belgium, 16 September 2019
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For the first time ever, a Vice-President in charge of Democracy and Demography has been designated by the European Commission President-elect: Dubravka Šuica, from Croatia, will lead the Commission’s work on ensuring that Europe understands and responds to one of its deepest lying challenges: demographic change. This nomination echoes AGE’s call for a dedicated Commissioner as part of a comprehensive EU Strategy on demographic change and solidarity between generations.
Particularly to be welcomed is the comprehensive approach described in VP Šuica’s mission letter, with a focus on the long-term impact of demographic ageing on care and pensions, as well as on the impact on the different groups in society and on the areas and regions that are the most affected. The mission letter outlines a number of key policy actions, in line with what AGE has been advocating for, such as the need to foster active ageing, improve work-life balance and develop a long-term vision for rural areas. It also includes the evaluation of our current social protection systems to check whether they are “are fit to deal with the needs of an ageing population”.
Part of her task will be the delivering of a Green Paper on ageing looking at the long-term impacts of ageing.
We have been heard!
The nomination of dedicated EU Vice-President to coordinate EU work on demographic change echoes the letter we sent in August to Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, in which we called for “an EU strategy on demographic change and solidarity between generations with a dedicated Commissioner’s portfolio to coordinate all EU related actions with an aim of ensuring equality, social justice and prosperity for younger and older generations”.
These nominations still need to be validated by the European Parliament after the hearings of all Vice-President and Commissioner-designates, and before the newly appointed European Commission can start on 1st November 2019.
- Mission letter to Dubravka Šuica
- AGE letter to Ursula von der Leyen, 31 July 2029
- New European Commission: towards a more age-friendly EU? - AGE September Special Briefing