Evaluation of Implementation of the National Strategy on Ageing of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, 2006-2015 and Proposals for the New Strategic Framework

For many decades, the Republic of Serbia fosters the tradition of developing socially structured activities aimed at ageing issues and gradual adaptation of the society to consequences of population ageing. In the 1970s, a survey on living conditions and social position of the elderly in Yugoslavia was implemented, as part of preparations for the first General Assembly of the United Nations dealing with the topic of ageing. However, from the 70’s until today, Serbia – apart from the territory of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija - has experienced rapid population ageing. The percentage of the elderly has almost doubled: in the early 70’s, it stood at 9.04% (65+), while the Census from 2011 showed that the percentage of elderly was 17,4% (65+)1. Conversely, when it came to organized social response to adapt different systems (such as the labor market, education, healthcare and social welfare) to the consequences of these changes, there were numerous halts and/or downscaling of the activities.

 

This is why, with the beginning of the new millennium, the strategic framework for ageing policy in the Republic of Serbia became part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in 2003 – a special chapter was dedicated to the elderly. After this, in line with the Millennium Development Goals, the Government adopted a special strategic framework for ageing policy, the National Strategy on Ageing (2006-2015). At the same time, demographic forecasts show that the trend of dynamic population ageing will continue, with an increase of elderly population.

 

To create a new strategic framework for the post-2015 period, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, which is in charge of monitoring the achievement of goals, asked the United Nations to support the country in creating the further steps for adapting the society to the consequences of population ageing.

 

This Report contains the results of implementation of one of the phases in the process of receiving this support.

 

These evaluation processes of strategic documents at the national level are conditioned by international and European strategic planning processes, especially in the context of programming and use of the available international and EU funds for financing of programs and activities.

 

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