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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on boosting the birth rate in Europe

Lorenzo Fontana

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on boosting the birth rate in Europe  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 168(1) TFEU,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the latest Eurostat data updated to 2017 give the European average birth rate as 10 births per 1 000 inhabitants;

B.  whereas many countries, such as Italy – where from 2008 to 2016 not only births decreased but marriages, too – fall below the European average birth rate;

C.  whereas the birth rate in the Member States is below the population replacement threshold, which means that the active population is being reduced while public spending on pension, health and social security services is having to be increased;

1.  Stresses the need to open a debate on the issue;

2.  Urges the Commission to draw up a plan to boost the birth rate in Europe;

3.  Urges the Commission to call on the governments of the Member States to devote greater shares of their public spending to policies to support the birth rate and families, especially by promoting a work-life balance.

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