The European Union is facing unprecedented demographic changes (an ageing population, low birth rates, changing family structures and migration). In the light of these challenges it is important, both at EU and national level, to review and adapt existing policies.
Following a public debate, a 2006 EU policy paper identified five key policy responses to manage demographic change:
Held every two years since 2006, the European Demography Forum gives policymakers, stakeholders and experts from all over Europe opportunities to share their knowledge and to discuss how to address demographic change.
To underpin these debates, the Commission services present a biennial European Demography Report setting out the main facts and figures concerning demographic change and discussing appropriate policy responses.
It acts as a platform for EU countries to share knowledge and good practice in areas like active ageing, family policy and care for elderly dependants.
The Commission holds regular seminars and good practice workshops on demographic issues which feed into the group's work.