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.
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an open platform where stakeholders and interested users can submit innovative and effective practices in the area of child and family policy.
It took over the work done by the Group of Experts on demographic issues for the European Alliance for Families, which ended in December 2012.