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Working Longer: An EU perspective

The report sets out the context of an ageing society across Europe and considers the case for extending working lives and the role of EU institutions in this. Using examples from the country profiles (available in a separate appendix), we have identified a number of themes for EU and Member State policymakers to consider. We have concluded with a set of recommendations for policy-makers across Europe.

Older workers across the EU 1970s-90s: Long-term falls in the participation of older workers continues due to unemployment; public and private pension schemes incentivising early retirement; and the provision of relatively generous pension schemes and social security. 1995-2007: The long-term falls in employment of older people across Europe begin to reverse as incentives to retire early are reduced.

Post 2007: The growth in the participation of older workers across Europe continues despite the recession. However, unemployment amongst older people increases.