you're reading...
Economic and Social Policies, PUBLICATIONS

Older people in Europe: EU policies and programmes

Older people are assuming a greater importance in the European Union as both their numbers and their proportion of the population increase due to the ageing of the population. The European Union (EU) and its Member States have adopted a number of policies and programmes that affect older people directly or support them in various ways.

Older people in Europe: EU policies and programmes

© Michael Schütze / Fotolia

Discrimination on the basis of age is prohibited in general terms by the treaties of the European Union. There is specific legislation against age-based discrimination in the area of employment, but it allows for exceptions where the differential treatment of older people is justified by societal goals and is necessary and appropriate. Legislation to extend anti-discrimination measures to other areas has been proposed but not yet adopted.

The EU has helped to put in place a range of policies and programmes that promote active ageing, particularly in terms of helping older people to work longer. The EU supports Member States in trying to find adequate and sustainable solutions for pensions, healthcare and long-term care – issues that are important for seniors and the elderly, particularly in the face of the deepest recession in decades. The EU is also considering, or has adopted, measures relating to the accessibility of publicly available services that can help elderly persons who are frail or suffer from age-related disabilities. EU-funded research also supports activities directly aimed at improving the wellbeing of older segments of the population.

Read the whole EPRS Briefing here

About rondavies-eprs

Works at the European Parliamentary Research Service.

Discussion

One thought on “Older people in Europe: EU policies and programmes

  1. As well as the adequacy of the political action by itself this is the kind of policy that helps to engage citizens with the EU. This article should be sent, for instance, to all European city halls.

    Like

    Posted by Miguel Atanet | May 23, 2014, 00:07

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Download the EPRS App

EPRS App on Google Play
EPRS App on App Store
What Europe Does For You
EU Legislation in Progress
Topical Digests
EPRS Podcasts

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,972 other followers

Disclaimer and Copyright statement

The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.

For a comprehensive description of our cookie and data protection policies, please visit Terms and Conditions page.

Copyright © European Union, 2014-2019. All rights reserved.

%d bloggers like this: