The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic changed Europe and the world within the blink of an eye. It will leave a lasting impact on the way we live and work together and it came at a time when Europe had already been going through a period of profound demographic and societal change.
The Commission’s Demography Report presents the main drivers of demographic change and the impact they are having across Europe. It launches a process that will help identify concrete actions and solutions, mindful of lessons learned from COVID-19, to support people, regions and communities that are most affected and to enable them to adapt to changing realities.
The findings of the Commission’s Demography Report show that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Policymaking needs to zoom into the reality on the ground. The European Union, Member States and regions have a shared interest in responding to demographic change for the benefit of all Europeans. Demographic change will affect everybody and must be a factor that helps steer Europe’s recovery from the crisis and provide us with insights as we build a more resilient, sustainable and fair Union.