Extracts from the press conference by László Andor on the 2012 Eurobarometer survey on active ageing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/01/2012 First transmission: 13/01/2012
On 13/01/2012 in Brussels, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, made a statement to present the Eurobarometer survey on active ageing.
To mark the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issued 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 presented 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 were presented, while more information on attitudes towards ageing and the participation of older persons in society could be found in a new Eurobarometer survey from the European Commission as well as in the Eurostat publication.
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||Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by 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 the 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.
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||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by 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.
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||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by 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 everybod. 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.
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||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by László Andor: we are aware of the political debate and you will see next week that the Commission participates in this debate in the European Parliament which the Commissioners, the President and the Vice-Presidents most concerned are seriously preparing for. And obviously, the follow up , 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's decisions on Wednesday.
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