According to the latest data from the United Nations, the states in Eastern Europe are facing the most substantial demographic decline. Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, together with the Baltic States, are at the forefront in the ranking of the countries experiencing the sharpest demographic decline.

The main factors which led to this phenomenon are birth rate decline and emigration owing to the country’s internal social and economic situation. The number of citizens in Eastern Europe has decreased by 18 million over the last two decades, and this phenomenon has become more and more pronounced.

What tools does the Commission have to combat demographic decline in Eastern Europe?