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Commissioner delivers keynote address at the EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing

"Ageing in itself is not an illness to be fixed. It’s a period of life with the potential to be as rich, rewarding and productive as any other. We're all ageing – and we all, quite rightly, hope and expect to live longer than previous generations, with better quality of life. Europe's silver society can offer golden opportunities."


Dublin, 13 June 2013


First of all I would like to thank the Ageing Well Network, the Global Coalition on Aging, and the AGE Platform Europe, as well as the Irish Presidency of the Council for organising this European Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing.

In the last 20 years, people all over the world have, on average, gained six years of life expectancy.

By 2020, a quarter of Europeans will be over 60 years of age.

Children born after 2011 have a one in three chance of reaching their 100th birthday.