Corina Crețu: Romania will be among the countries that will most strongly feel the demographic decline on the pension system and the health system

MEP Corina Creţu (Pro Romania) said on Monday that the data provided by the European Commission and the National Institute of Statistics show that Romania will be among the countries that will most strongly feel the effects of the demographic decline on the pension system and the health system, losing to every 10 years a million inhabitants.

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“The data provided by the European Commission show that Romania will be among the countries that will feel the strongest demographic decline on the pension system and the health system – in the conditions where Romania loses a million inhabitants every 10 years. This decrease in population is the result of a complex of factors, among which are migration and the ratio between birth and mortality. The reduction in the number of the active population exerts increased pressure on the workforce, directly affecting the economy. The number of taxpayers is decreasing, and the accelerated process of population aging amplifies the demands on the pension system – with serious consequences on its financial sustainability”, said Corina Creţu, in a post on Facebook.

The European parliamentarian also referred to the data provided by the National Institute of Statistics, which reveals a worrying demographic situation for Romania, in the sense that the number of people who died in December 2023 is almost double that of newborns.

“According to INS, in the last month of 2023, 11,431 children were born, and the number of deaths was 21,917 people. At the same time, Romania reached a new negative birth record – in the first quarter of 2023, 73,000 children were born, the lowest number in 145 years,” Corina Creţu said.

The MEP also showed that, in addition to the worrying demographic situation, more than half of the children in Romania want to emigrate, and about a third intend to continue their studies abroad, in order to benefit from better opportunities and living conditions and that it is necessary to adopt long-term policies and investments to give them the opportunity to stay in the country.

“It is imperative to ensure a decent standard of living for all, especially for young people, to allow them to capitalize on their potential and to transform the trend of emigration into one of return and active contribution to the development of Romania. Otherwise, the risk is to lose valuable resources and suffer negative consequences in the long term”, MEP Corina Creţu also emphasized.

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