Letter from Prof. Em. An Hermans, President of the European Seniors’ Union
Since its foundation in 1995, the European Seniors’ Union has been a meeting place for men and women who believe in Europe. The story of Europe is not only written by Heads of States and Governments, but also by its people, taking responsibility together.
The future of Europe? That is a future in which we can be at home and in which future generations can find peace and prosperity. This is not yet achieved. It should be developed further every day. For us, the generations that saw Europe grow, every day is a challenge to take these issues forward. Together with younger generations, policy makers at all levels, especially our politicians at the European level, and engaged citizens. A Europe of solidarity, where there is room for the unique story of every human being: that is our Europe. Let us make it happen.
The European Seniors’ Union (ESU) is the largest political seniors’ organisation in Europe, member association of the European People’s Party (EPP) and is represented in 27 states with 34 organisations and about 1.269.000 members.
We believe in people of all generations to lead Europe out of the recent crises. We want our economies to return to growth that produces jobs, with young people looking to their future with confidence, seniors feeling proud of their accomplishments and families protected and strengthened to endorse the challenges and risks of changing societies. One of the key challenges of today’s societies is demographic change. The EU, the Member States and all citizens, together we are called to cope with the gains, strengths and limitations of ageing societies. We, senior citizens, want to be part of a better Europe for all ages.
Everyone, regardless of age, gender or dependency is entitled to enjoy the fundamental human rights, lead a life of dignity and independence and participate in social and cultural life.
An age-friendly society
An age-friendly society is an effective approach for responding to demographic changes
– based on a positive attitude to ageing,
– with services and structures accessible to all,
– enabling active participation and involvement,
– providing protection, support and empowerment.
An inclusive labour market enabling older workers to remain at work for longer. Use and promote age diversity and intergenerational learning.
Adequate, fair and sustainable social protection systems (health care, long-term care, pensions,…) for both current and future generations.
Human dignity for the most vulnerable
Improvement of the application of universal human standards to persons of all stages of life, also to persons who have reached old age and, in particular, the most vulnerable older people, people at risk of poverty, abuse, loneliness,…
Learn from each other
Europewide networks and movements to mainstream the promotion of an age-friendly society in all relevant EU policy processes and funding programmes to create synergies and support action at all levels.
A challenge for all
The European Union, governments at all levels, researchers, stakeholders, the media, civil society and all citizens are called to create, promote and stimulate a long life society, respecting all age groups.
Letter from Prof. Em. An Hermans, President of the European Seniors’ Union
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On 18 and 19 October the presidium gathered in Berlin at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU): Konrad Adenauerhaus.
In its Resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, the General Assembly of the UN declared the first of October to be 'International Day of Older Persons.
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Already for the 10th time, seniors from all over Europe gathered in Vienna for the yearly Summer Academy at the Politische Akademie der ÖVP.
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Manfred Weber launched its ‘Power of WE’ in the House of European History in the presence of an ESU delegation,
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During the weekend of 22-24 February, the ESU Executive Committee was welcomed in Prague to gather with the European elections in mind.
On 6-8 November, the ESU participated in the EPP Congress in Helsinki.
On the occasion of the International day of Older Persons on 1 October 2018, the ESU released a message of ESU President Hermans.
The ESU was invited by ESU vice-president Janusz Marszalek to participate in the 10th Third Age Forum (5-7 September) in Nowy Sacz and Krynica in Poland.
On 6-8 July, the ESU organised its Summer Academy about ‘Europe’s Demographics: From challenges into innovative and coordinated opportunities'.
On 17-19 May, the ESU Regional Conference on 'Building Bridges towards solidarity and social cohesion in the Baltic countries' took place in Vilnius.
Am 27. und 28. April fand in Aachen eine ESU-Regionalkonferenz über 'Älter werden in den Euroregionen' statt.
On 24 April the ESU and YEPP a common statement on Intergenerational Solidarity and met with EPP president Joseph Daul.
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On 14 October the Senior Citizens Organization of Cyprus and the ESU organised a South Regional Conference in Nicosia around 'Technology & Active Ageing'.
On the occasion of the International day of Older Persons on 1 October 2017, the ESU released a message of ESU President Hermans.
On 28-30 September 2017, the ESU and the CSU-Seniorenunion organised a regional conference in Munich about 'Security and Trust - the Future of the EU'.
From 30 June till 2 July, the ESU held its Summer Acadamy around 'Europe's Future'.
The ESU and RSI organized a seminar on the relations between generations and promoting political responsibility of youth and seniors.
At the occasion of the EPP Congress in Malta, the ESU organized in cooperation with APAN, a conference on the "Future of Europe".
On 11-12 March 2017, the ESU and its Czech member organisation (SKS CR) organised a regional conference in Prague about the 'Quality of Life' of seniors.
The ESU Annual Report 2016 was presented in the Executive Committee Meeting (General Assembly) of 8 February 2017
On 7-8 February the ESU held its Presidium meeting and General Assembly in Brussels. A dinner debate was also organised by the KAS and ESU.
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On 21-22 October 2016, the ESU and its Slovenian member organisations organised a regional Conference on Civil society and active participation.
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On 1 October 2015, the ESU organised a Food for Thought event together with the Wilfried Martens Centre about 'Europe's Senior Voters'.
On the occasion of the Internationial Day of Older Persons 2015, ESU President An Hermans wrote a message.
On 11-12 September 2015, the ESU and the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands organised a Regional Conference around Lifelong Learning and Active Ageing.
On 9-10 September 2015, the President and Secretary General of the ESU visited Cyprus and its seniors' association.
On 3-5 July, the Summer Academy of the ESU took place in Vienna around 'Citizens' Security in the EU'.
On 20-21 March 2015, the ESU President and Secretary-General participated in the Convention organized by the Hoyre Seniors in Bergen, Norway.