29 Sep 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT: International Day of Older Persons – Nearly 27 million people aged 80 or over in the European Union – Almost 10 years’ life expectancy at the age of 80
In 2015, almost 27 million people aged 80 or over (hereafter “elderly people”) were living in the European Union (EU), 7 million more than in 2005. An increase in both their absolute number and their share in total population is observed in nearly every EU Member State. The rising share of elderly people in the EU (from 4.0% in 2005 to 5.3% in 2015) means that in 2015 one in every 20 persons living in the EU was aged 80 or over. The ageing of the population structure is, at least partly, the result of an increasing life expectancy, which grew at the age of 80 from 8.4 years in 2004 to 9.5 years in 2014.
The September infringements’ package: Commission acts for full, proper and timely implementation of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses
To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States which do not respect European law. The European Commission also closes pending cases where the Member State concerned, in cooperation with the Commission, has solved the problem and ensured compliance with EU law, thus rendering a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU unnecessary. This month, as part of its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission took a number of decisions (including 9 letters of formal notice, 48 reasoned opinions, 5 referrals to the Court of Justice of the EU, and on 122 closures). A summary of the key decisions as well as the contact details of the relevant Spokespersons and the corresponding press releases can be found in the fact sheet. On the general EU infringement procedure, a memo is also available here.
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