Extracts from the statement by László ANDOR, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on the Eurobarometer on active ageing

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Fin de production: 13/01/2012
László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion presented the Eurobarometer on active ageing. To mark the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issues a new publication "Active ageing and solidarity between generations – a statistical portrait of the European Union 2012", prepared in collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. This publication presents data on topics such as demography, employment, transition from work to retirement, healthcare, living conditions and participation in society. In this News Release the most recent data on demographic trends and employment amongst the older population are presented, while more information on attitudes towards ageing and the participation of older persons in society can be found in a new Eurobarometer survey3 from the European Commission as well as in the Eurostat publication.

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00:00:05 Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 00:00:07
00:00:12 SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor: in Denmark, Netherlands and Iceland, nine out of ten responders believe that they should able to continue working past the official retirement age, and there is the opposite end: Italians, Greeks, Romanians mostly feel that people should stop working once they reach official retirement age. Even though, inclusing the retirement age is now a clear policy priority in many member states, only a third of citizens have agreed that the retirement age meets to increase by 2030. 00:00:35
00:00:47 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:03
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor: Europeans are ready to stay longer in working in general, if they are offered the right opportunity under the right conditions and that is why we have to work on the opportunities, and we also have to work on conditions. The survey shows that combining a part time job and a partial pension would be more appealing than full retirement to almost two thirds of the Europeans. When we talk about active ageing, it is not just about employment, it is also about participating in voluntary organisations like offering emotional or financial support, helping with housework, doing someone's shopping or helping out with child care. 00:00:44
00:01:34 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:05
00:01:39 SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor: Next week I will be in Copenhagen, to launch the European Year for Active Ageing. It will focus on promoting active ageing in three areas: employment, participation in society and independent living. To make this year a success, we will require the involvement of everybody, it is an invitation to commit to specific actions that can range from policy makers implementing legislation or action programmes, to companies improving work place facilities, and working hours. 00:00:39
00:02:18 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:05
00:02:23 SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor: We are aware of the political debate and you will see next week the Commission participate in this debate in the European Parliament which the Commission, the President and the Vice-Presidents most concerned are seriously preparing for, the further steps will depend on how this cooperation follows in the spirit of hopefully a new type of legislation, which was indicated by the reactions of the Hungarian side, the Commission decisions on Wednesday. 00:00:33
00:02:56 The Commissioner leaving 00:00:06
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