A keystone is the central stone in an arch which prevents the structure from falling apart. A healthy population is the keystone for economic growth and prosperity in Europe for at least two clear reasons; it will limit strain on health and social care systems and it will allow people to remain active in society longer. Policy action at EU level, with its perspective across the Member States and its ability to share experience and collect information, is a valuable addition to the work done at national and local level to prepare for an ageing population in Europe.
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