Elderly People

  • Francesca Polacchini


The protection of elderly people is one of the main topics discussed at the international and EU levels, as both the number of elderly and their percentage within the population have been increasing due to the ageing of the population. The European Commission (the Commission) has identified active and healthy ageing as the major societal challenge common to all European countries and an area in which the European Union (EU) can play a significant role in order to lead the Member States in providing innovative responses to this challenge. This chapter will explore the EU legal and political system in matter of elderly people and analyse the status of elderly rights recognised by the EU legal order and by the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (the Court). The cases briefly faced by this paper will include Court judgments that directly involve the legal rights of elderly people or directly address the issues of age-based discrimination.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Legal ScienceUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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