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Aging Societies – Seizing the Opportunities in Europe and Central Asia

June 17, 2015 | 12:00 ET, 16:00 GMT

Greek mythology refers to a time of peace, harmony, stability and prosperity where humans lived to a very old age – “The Golden Age.”

Today, across Europe and Central Asia, societies are aging, but people are not necessarily living longer. This demographic trend – caused by a decrease in fertility rates rather than improved longevity – presents both challenges and opportunities for governments, the private sector and individuals alike.

As populations age, public discourse ranges from concerns about the fiscal sustainability of pensions and health systems to optimism about potential opportunities for healthier and more productive aging.  

Join us on 17 June to hear our distinguished panel share views on how current demographic trends will impact economic growth, fiscal balances, health and long-term care systems, pensions, social welfare and labor markets in countries across Europe and Central Asia. They will discuss how policy makers can not only meet the challenges of aging – but also seize the opportunities.

Speakers

Manager of Operations and Portfolio, World Bank, Vienna

Senior Economist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Deputy Head, Economic Policy Division, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria

Senior Economist, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank

Senior Director, Social Protection & Labor, World Bank

(Moderator) Journalist, based in Vienna

Senior Economist, Pensions and Population Aging, OECD

Deputy Director, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Director of Demographic Analysis, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital

Minister of Finance of Austria

Lead Economist, Europe and Central Asia

Chief Economist, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank Group