Introduction sectionWorking Group on Ageing Populations and Sustainability (AWG)

Working Group on Ageing Populations and Sustainability (AWG)

The Working Group on Ageing Populations and Sustainability (AWG), which was set up in June 2005, makes long-term projections of expenditure linked to the aging population (pensions, health care, long-term care, education and unemployment benefits) and defines the long-term sustainability analysis of public finances and its use in the Stability and Growth Pact which, after the 2005 reform, lays greater emphasis on the long-term development of public finances.
More specifically, AWG ‘s task is to assess the impact of the aging population on the economic system, especially on public finances, and to:

  • develop long-term projections (up to 2060 in the Aging Report and in the sustainability report) of components linked to the aging population (pensions, health, long-term care, education and unemployment benefits) based on unchanged-policy scenarios that include past trends; AWG makes projections rather than actual forecasts of expenditure components;
  • develop the long-term sustainability analysis of public finances and its use in the Stability and Growth Pact;
  • contribute to drawing up Reports on welfare, health and demographic issues as well as express opinions on matters relating to public - finance and long-term sustainability objectives and the adequacy/usefulness/robustness of statistics linked to the projected trends in welfare expenditure;
  • assess the macroeconomic and fiscal impact of the welfare reforms adopted in individual Member States within a framework of multilateral surveillance.

Chairman: Peter Part (Austria)

Italian Delegation: Marco Cacciotti (MEF/DT), Rocco Aprile (MEF/RGS/IGSS)

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