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New Social Vulnerabilities in the Baltic Sea Region

Nov 14

Policies are increasingly focusing on the circumstances and effects of population ageing, e.g. with regard to promoting active and healthy ageing, encouraging longer working lifetimes and designing new public-private pension arrangements to ensure adequate material well-being in old age. However, little is known about those who are exposed to socioeconomic disadvantages, deteriorating health conditions or other individual stress factors. Moreover, demographic change itself may lead to new forms of social vulnerabilities which are not receiving enough attention at the political level yet. This event aims to shed light on these issues with a specific focus on the Baltic Sea States. This region is of particular interest, since it is possible to study demographic, socioeconomic and political developments with a focus on various welfare regimes and value systems, in situations of socioeconomic stability, as well as in times of economic crisis and political pressure.

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The event will start with two keynote speeches by:

  • Mikko Myrskylä, Executive Director of Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock: "Health Inequalities and Bad Behaviors"
  • Ulrich Becker, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich: "New Social Vulnerabilities, Social Law and the Welfare State"

The presentations will be followed by a panel debate about the current political, economic and social challenges of new social vulnerabilities in the Baltic Sea Region involving researchers and stakeholders  from policy and civil society:

  • Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary of The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Member of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Brussels
  • Ebbe Johansen, President of AGE Platform Europe, Brussels and Vice President of DaneAge, Copenhagen
  • Øystein Kravdal, Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo
  • Luule Sakkeus, Director of the Estonian Institute for Population Studies, Tallinn University
  • Anatoly G. Vishnevsky, Director of the Institute of Demography, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow 

The debate will be chaired by Bernd Hemingway, Deputy Director General of the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

The event will end with conclusions and an outlook by Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak from the Warsaw School of Economics and the Educational Research Institute in Warsaw and former Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Poland.

The official programme can be found here: PDF iconNew Social Vulnerabilities in the Baltic Sea Region 14 Nov 2017

Event information
Population Europe and the Council of the Baltic Sea States
Swedish Embassy in Berlin