The Council welcomes the efforts of the Member States aimed at supporting lifelong learning and adapting their educational systems to changing economic, social and demographic conditions, as well as to the various needs, abilities and interests of men and women, thus promoting the full integration and participation of older persons in social life;

It encourages the Member States, in cooperation with the social partners, to adopt appropriate policies to reconcile work, family and private life, to promote the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men in the family, and to accelerate progress towards the achievement of an average employment rate of at least 60% for women and of 50% for older workers (55 to 64) by 2010


Reference: 2947th EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL POLICY, HEALTH AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS Council meeting Luxembourg, 8 June 2009

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