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Exploratory Meeting between the Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica & leading demographers at the EU

On Tuesday, 23 February 2021, Population Europe hosted a meeting between the Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica, and leading demographers at the EU.

The purpose of this first of what is planned to be a regular series of meetings of the European Commission’s Vice-President for Democracy and Demography with European demography experts was: a) to fuel the European Commission’s reflection on initiatives in the field of demography on the basis of substantiated expertise and evidence; b) to identify, with the experts’ help, the most burning areas where initiatives on a European level would be necessary and of added value c) to feed ideas and themes into the Commission’s newly established internal demography networks which are conceived to support the work of the Vice-President.


Participants included:

Gunnar Andersson, Professor in Demography, and head of the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA).

Francesco Billari, Professor in Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan.

Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Professor at the Institute of Statistics and Demography at Warsaw School of Economics.

Ivan Čipin, Professor of Demography at the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb.

Helga de Valk, Professor of Migration and the Life Course at the University of Groningen and Director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI).

Jane C. Falkingham, Professor in Demography and International Social Policy and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change.

Juho Härkönen, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, and Co-Director the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (CLIC) of the European University Institute.

Wolfgang Lutz, Professor of Demography at the University of Vienna and Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.

Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology and Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at Oxford University.

Zsolt Spéder, Professor of Sociology at the University of Pécs, where he leads the Demographic Program at the Doctoral School of Demography and Sociology, and Director of the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute.

Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography.

Magda Tomasini, Director of the French Institute for Demographic Studies (Institut national d'études démographiques, INED).

Emilio Zagheni, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Affiliate Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.