Could the EU’s aging population pose a threat to preservation and improvement of the European standards of life for the next generations? Falling birth rates and an aging population across the EU become seriously alarming signs. Demographic change is one of the major challenges facing our societies nowadays and it requires urgent and ambitious responses, starting from our cities and regions.
Upon invitation from the EPP Hungarian delegation to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European People’s Party Group in the CoR is to hold a debate “Demographic change and regeneration of our societies” in the former Upper House hemicycle of the Hungarian National Parliament building (1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3) this Friday, 8 September 2017.
87 Centre-right leaders (EPP) representing local and regional levels from 24 EU Member States and a number of other guests will meet to discuss solutions for long-term concerns that changing demographic structure poses on the sustainability of the EU’s economic and societal models.
Debate will involve a number of prominent speakers, including: Michael Schneider – President of the EPP-CoR Group; Laszlo Kövér, President of the Hungarian National Assembly; Szabolcs Takács – State Secretary for European Union Affairs at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office; Kinga Gál – Member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament and Vice-President of the EPP; Doncho Barbalov, Deputy-Mayor of Sofia responsible for Finances and Healthcare; Jörg Peschner – Representative of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Anna Magyar – Vice-President of County Council of Csongrád Megye; Katalin Novák – Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary; László Kiss-Rigó – Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Szeged–Csanád; Vladimir Šucha – Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission; Andrzej Buła – Marshal of the Opolskie Region, Republic of Poland and Ágnes Ursula Tordai, Co-President of the Three Princes and Three Princesses Movement.
A press conference with participation of Michael Schneider and Szabolcs Takács moderated by the head of the Hungarian delegation to the CoR József Ribányi will be organised at the event’s venue, room no. 11 (main floor) at 11 am.
Journalists wishing to register their participation in the event may do so by contacting our press officer at firstname.lastname@example.org until 7 September, 3pm (Thursday) by providing:
- full name of the journalist
- national ID/passport number
- name of media represented
Substantial decline in births and a general increase in life expectancy mean that major alterations in the age structure of the European population are to be expected – underlines Michael Schneider, EPP-CoR Group President – we need to invest today, at all levels of governance, in the future of the European human capital to tackle the disruptive consequences of demographic challenges for the next decades.
Members of the EPP-CoR Group are to adopt the Budapest Declaration “Demographic Change and Regeneration of our Societies: Challenges and Policy Responses from the Regional and Local Perspective” following their deliberations.
You may find more information on our conference, including the political programme as well as our policy paper on our dedicated page