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Guides on the EU Social Policy.
Pensions in the European Union
The proportion of older people in the EU is increasing much faster than the population of younger wage-earning taxpayers, making pensions reform in the EU essential. The fear is that the costs of caring for such a large number of older people will overwhelm the future budgets for pensions and health care.
Regional Policy in the European Union
Although the European Union is one of the richest parts of the world, there remain striking internal disparities of income and opportunity between its regions. The entry in May 2004 of 10 new member countries whose incomes are well below the EU average has widened these gaps. Regional policy transfers resources from affluent to poorer regions. It is both an instrument of financial solidarity and a powerful force for economic integration.
Employment and Social Affairs in the EU
More and better jobs and equal opportunities are the watchwords of European employment and social policy. A function of the European Commission is to make sure that everyone is equipped for change as the EU evolves into a more competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy. The main framework is a Social Policy Agenda designed to link economic, employment and social policies, whilst at the same time ensuring that these policies are environmentally sustainable.