The Europe 2020 strategy identifies demographic change as one of the major challenges that Europe faces. As the strategy points out, a safe and healthy working environment is crucial to enhancing the potential and commitment of the workforce and the competitiveness of a business. With the vast majority of people in Europe employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and microenterprises, support to smaller businesses is crucial to meeting the challenges of an ageing workforce, as is tackling discrimination. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016–17 aims to encourage policy-makers to address issues relating to healthy ageing in the workplace.
The European Parliament’s pilot project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’, funded by the European Commission, aimed to investigate existing policies and strategies and improve their implementation, to enhance the exchange of good practice and to assist in the development of future policies in the context of an ageing workforce. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016–17 is intended to highlight these findings and encourage change, as well as raising awareness of the policies and resources that already exist across Europe.
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