Question time: Tackling depopulation through cohesion policy instruments

At a Glance 30-09-2022

Several Member States and regions are facing population decline, caused by factors such as low fertility rates and net emigration. The emigration of skilled workers, referred to as 'brain drain', undermines the growth potential of the areas concerned. An ageing society also plays a part in depopulation. Depopulated regions are often low-income rural or post-industrial areas, with fewer job opportunities. In the context of its oversight over other EU institutions, the European Parliament has recently reived the practice of holding 'question time' with the Commission. During the October I session, the Commission is due to answer question on the issue of tackling depopulation through cohesion policy instruments.