Extracts from the press briefing by Amelia Torres, Spokesperson of Joaquín Almunia, on the Eurostat statistics on population projections 2008-2060
Amelia Torres, Spokesperson of Joaquín Almunia, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs, gave a press conference on the Eurostat statistics on population projections 2008-2060.
The European Union population is projected to increase from 495 million on 1 January 2008 to 521 million in 2035, and thereafter gradually decline to 506 million in 2060. Eurostat, the EU statistical office announced that the annual number of births is projected to fall over the period 2008-2060, while the annual number of deaths is projected to continue rising. From 2015 onwards deaths would outnumber births, meaning the EU population would no longer increase naturally and positive net migration would be the only population growth factor. However, from 2035 even this positive net migration would no longer counterbalance the negative natural change, and the population is projected to begin to fall. These population projections for the period 2008-2060 come from a report issued by Eurostat. Population projections are what-if scenarios that aim to provide information about the likely future size and structure of the population, and should therefore be considered with caution.
She said that the ageing of the population is one of the major challenges Europe must face and added that the European Union must make sure public finances are sound. She also said that people should work longer and structural reform should be carried on to be sure that the pensions systems and healthcare expenditure are sustainable in the long term. SHOTLIST