Ageing in digital societies: enablers and barriers to older persons exercising their social rights

With European populations rapidly ageing, this project focuses on how older persons can fully participate in an inclusive and digitally just society for all. The research will take into account key EU policies, including the Pillar of Social Rights and the European Digital Agenda, examining how older people can enjoy their right to access public services which have undergone or are undergoing digitalisation.
Project Status
Ongoing
Project start date
1
January
2021

What?

With European populations rapidly ageing, this project focuses on how older persons can fully participate in an inclusive and digitally just society for all. The research will take into account key EU policies, including the Pillar of Social Rights and the European Digital Agenda, examining how older people can enjoy their right to access public services which have undergone or are undergoing digitalisation.

Why?

The project responds to the Council of the EU’s call to explore the impact of digitalisation on fundamental rights, active participation, and the well-being of older persons. By providing evidence on age-related inequalities from a fundamental rights perspective, FRA will contribute to promoting a rights-based approach towards ageing in the digital age. The results will enable FRA to support relevant policy discussions on the EU and national levels on ensuring a digitally just society for all, including for older people.

How?

The project addresses the fundamental rights implications of growing older in the digital age, focusing on equal access to public services undergoing digital transitions. Through desk research in all Member States and the analysis of available primary and secondary data, including data from FRA’s Fundamental Rights survey, the project will identify persisting data and knowledge gaps and legal and practical barriers regarding the experiences of older persons in exercising their rights. In addition, qualitative research in selected Member States will contextualise and strengthen the results. In this regard, FRA will cooperate with other EU agencies and civil society organisations.

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