The European Commission said on Thursday that it has launched an EU ‘Atlas of Demography‘ an interactive online tool to visualise, monitor and anticipate demographic change in the European Union that was developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).
The commission explained that the demographic change is one of the main processes in shaping the future of Europe and that the atlas will provide quick and easy access to a comprehensive body of demographic data and knowledge collected at EU, national, regional and local level, according to the press release.
„The atlas will help improve the understanding of demographic change and anticipate demographic dynamics. It is a ‘living’ tool, that can be adapted and expanded to the needs of different policies and can support policy-making that promotes social cohesion and brings benefits for all EU citizens,” said the Commission.
“This innovative tool will help us ensure that EU policies are more closely matched to the needs of our citizens to ensure that nobody feels left behind. This Atlas will support all our initiatives with timely, robust and comparable demographic data,” said Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica.
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said that the tool is a great example of the use of high-quality data and that students will be able to learn more about their region, about Europe and be part of its construction.
The ‘Atlas of Demography’ is publicly available and can support activities for a variety of policy areas, including health, employment, education, access to services, as well as territorial and cohesion policies.