Consultation Process

Public consultation on “GREEN PAPER CE-AGEING STRATEGY”

Over the next decades Central Europe (CE) will face unprecedented demographic challenges such as an ageing and shrinking population and “ageing regions” due to demographic factors (e.g. greater life expectancy and decreased fertility of CE citizens, etc.). Enhanced migration to CE as well as within CE to more affluent regions next to changes in family structures are likely to occur.

The Central European Knowledge Platform for an Ageing Society (CE-Ageing Platform, identified five top ranked current challenges faced by all CE regions. These refer to the low labour force participation of particular age groups, the need for modifications with regard to governance systems, in particular the pension, social and health and care systems, changes in family structures as well as the need for a better integration of migrants. The platform, in addition, observes growing inequality across CE as well as within CE regions.

All challenges are to be regarded as cross-cutting policy fields. Consequently, links to various policy fields must be made whenever actions are planned (e.g. The economy, education and health policies are substantial policy fields strongly interconnected with the labour market and are to be connected when designing measures in order to enhance labour force participation.). In order to minimise the negative effects on the CE economy and society, successful and effective co-operation of public, private and civil society organizations are required.

About the CE-Ageing Strategy

Based on the joint CE-Ageing Vision[1], the CE-Ageing Platform identified current challenges and potentials in respect to demographic change, developed trends and scenarios for CE, and established recommendations for policy change; all of which are presented in the “GREEN PAPER CE-AGEING STRATEGY”.

The Strategy covers a wide range of policy interventions aiming at sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. The recommendations link policies horizontally but also vertically, i.e. local and regional actions go hand in hand with policy changes at the national and international levels. A set of up to 200 practices are provided out of which CE regions shall choose those fitting to their particular requirements.


Target group

  • Age-responsible governmental institutions comprising public authorities (national level);
  • Key stakeholders such as regional authorities, social partners, public employment services, area-based partnerships, local initiatives, municipalities/cities (regional/local level);
  • International interest groups (Age Platform, Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity/EP, COR, Social Service Europe);
  • Relevant institutions at EU level (respective DGs);  
  • Business sector (especially SME's, clusters);
  • Training providers and research institutions;
  • Non-government organisations;  
  • Citizens.



1 March 2013 - 13 September 2013 (originally until 31 August 2013)



The objective of the “GREEN PAPER CE-AGEING STRATEGY” is to launch a consultation with the public and relevant/competent stakeholders on the core aspects of the CE-Ageing Strategy and to identify possible next steps in addressing the problem. All interested parties are invited to submit their views, opinions in response to the questions included in the consultation paper on core aspects. All contributions should be submitted exclusively on-line by 13 September 2013 at latest.


How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities as mentioned above through an on-line questionnaire. Please click here to submit your contribution. Should you have any additional questions, please contact us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In order to facilitate the work and allow easy access to all submissions, we would appreciate if contributions to the public consultation process are submitted in English only.

Received contributions will be published on this website. Organisations are asked to identify themselves. In case you consider that the publication of your contribution would harm your legitimate interests, please state so in your reply in the last part of the questionnaire. In this case your contribution will be published in an anonymous form.


Consultation document

Please click here to view the “consultation paper”.


Reference documents

View brief information about the CE-Ageing Strategy.

Please click here to view the “GREEN PAPER CE-AGEING STRATEGY”.


Contact details/responsible organisation

Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Vienna
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[1] The Joint Central European Ageing Vision 2050 was published by the CE-Ageing Platform on 17 July 2012 and is available at

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