Monday 7 October 2019
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At its 546th plenary session, held on 25 and 26 September 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion, available in all language versions: SOC/624 - The changing world of work and the longevity/ageing population - The preconditions for ageing workers to stay active in the new world of work
In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.
The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives:
Strengthen social dialogue and the involvement of all stakeholders in developing integrated strategies and national policies for active ageing;
Develop employment and skills through lifelong learning;
Promote dynamic careers and dynamic work;
Stimulate senior entrepreneurship;
Fight all types of discrimination, particularly age and gender discrimination;
Implement knowledge transfer/sharing initiatives;
Implement flexible work arrangements and better working conditions;
Promote solidarity between generations and change attitudes towards ageing.