The impact of demographic change – in a changing environment

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Series Details SWD (2023) 21
Publication Date 17/01/2023
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Report published by the European Commission on 17 January 2023, concerning the main drivers of demographic change and the impact they are having across Europe.

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This report presents the drivers of demographic change and their impact across Europe, updating and developing the Demography Report issued in 2020. It discusses both firmly established long-term trends and more recent developments caused by sudden crises.

It revisits the demographic trends and the impacts that had been identified in light of the latest developments, such as Brexit, COVID-19 or Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The report stresses that, to ensure future prosperity and well-being in the European Union (EU), it is crucial to address the challenges brought about by the demographic transition. These challenges include an ageing as well as declining population, and a shrinking working-age population, but also increasing territorial disparities, including a growing urban-rural divide. The report looks into how and if the established demographic patterns are accelerated or disrupted, and when they take place, if the disruptions are transitory, or have a lasting impact on demographic change.

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European Commission: Priorities 2019-2024: The impact of demographic change in Europe
European Commission: Press Release, 17/01/2023: Harnessing Talent in Europe: a new boost for EU Regions
European Commission: Questions and Answers on Harnessing Talent in Europe's Regions and the Demography Report (17 January 2023)
European Commission: Remarks by Vice-President Šuica on Harnessing Talents Initiative and the Demography Report (17 January 2023)

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