​​European People’s Party Political Assembly in Munich

The EPP Political Assembly, which brings together representatives from all EPP member parties and associations, met in Munich on May 4-5, 2023. This meeting occurs four times a year, and since the new leadership took over, the two-day event has been held in various locations and includes presentations from hosting political parties, thematic round tables on political issues, and discussions on internal EPP party matters. 

The meeting in Munich had an extensive and dynamic agenda, with participants welcomed on the first day by EPP President Manfred Weber, who was delighted to host the event in his hometown and home party.

The President of the CDU, Friedrich Merz, and the Minister-President for Bayern, Markus Soeder, gave warm greetings, with Mr. Merz calling on the EPP to maintain its ambitious role in the international and geopolitical arena. Mr. Soeder emphasized that Europe was founded on fundamental values such as human dignity, peace, and freedom, and that these values remain central to all European politics today. He also stressed that the integrity of countries should never be compromised.

The EPP’s recent Political Assembly in Munich covered topics such as agriculture and innovation in Europe. The party emphasized the need to protect agriculture as a strategic sector, which delivers food security and provides a decent income for farmers. The EPP also called for a new Common Agricultural Policy with a strong budget to be negotiated after the 2024 European elections. Regarding innovation, the EPP pledged to make innovation the basis of societal prosperity and economic competitiveness in Europe. The party emphasized the importance of deep tech innovation and artificial intelligence and called for a human-centered approach to respect European values.

Overall, the EPP Political Assembly in Munich was a successful event that allowed members to come together and exchange ideas on key issues facing Europe today. The various presentations, round table discussions, and internal party discussions provided valuable insights and will foster  collaboration within the EPP.

You can find the event agenda here. For more information, please visit the EPP website.



Events in 2023

ESU Annual Report 2023


Our ESU 2023 Annual Report is available

Brainstorm on “Enhancing the Digital Skills of Seniors in the Slovak Republic”


The primary aim of this project is to optimize digital literacy among seniors in Slovakia by developing lessons focused on digitalization for seniors.

New perspectives about ageing better

NIcosia - Cyprus

Regional Conference in Nicosia on new perspectives about ageing better

UN International Day of Older Persons


President An Hermans has provided a message in on the occasion of the 33rd UNIDOP on October 1st.

The ESU joins UNIDOP celebrations in Cyprus

Foini - Cyprus

On October 1, ESU President An Hermans and Secretary-General Guido Dumon joined in the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) festivities in Cyprus.

Empowering Active Retirees in the Digital Era: An Inspiring Encounter


On July 20, 2023, ESU-president An Hermans was invited to speak before a group of retired professionals in Kortrijk, Flanders on the topic: MIL.

News from the ESU associations: Thoughts and experiences to share


The final morning of the academy was dedicated to the ESU-association's internal aspects and future prospects.

Martens Centre Survey on 'Regaining the Middle Ground for the Centre Right' and discussions


The focus of the survey was on understanding the mindset of the European middle class, particularly their economic, psychological, and security concerns.

Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to the Digital Environment


Patrick Penninckx led a presentation on fostering a sustainable, people-centered, and human rights-based approach to the challenges posed by digital environment

Europe as a task & Challenges for the EU


3rd Day of the ESU Summer Academy with guest speaker Herman Van Rompuy, Emeritus President of the EU Council

'Europe as a Task'


Insights into EU Governance: Exploring the European Commission and the European Semester at the Summer Academy

ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels


Strengthening Bonds and Understanding: ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels

"Why Europe? - Presidency Meeting with Prof. Steven Van Hecke"


ESU presidium meeting during first day of the Summer Academy

The European Day of Solidarity between Generations


The European Day of Solidarity between Generations aim is to raise awareness of the importance of intergenerational solidarity and to promote dialogue.

Symposium CD&V-senioren – CDA senioren – European Seniors’ Union


A fascinating day on ‘Creating dignity in the final phase of life"

National meeting 'Generation 60+' in Bozen/ Bolzano

Bozen/ Bolzano

'Generation 60+' held an election meeting in which Otto von Dellemann and Christine von Stefenelli were confirmed in their positions.

The EU’s Care Strategy – Perspectives and Reflections of the ESU


A European Care Strategy was at the center of the discussions at the ESU Executive Committee Meeting (EXCO), which took place on March 25, in Leuven.

ExCo meeting in Leuven- Side Event


The ESU Facilitated meeting between the Chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Belgian and Romanian Parliaments

Presidium and Executive Committee meeting in Leuven


On 24-26 March, we organised a meeting in Leuven with Presidium members and Executive Committee members.

Biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors


ESU president An Hermans and general secretary Guido Dumon were invited to Bergen, Norway, for the biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors.

A new EU healthcare strategy - Video conference with Sirpa Pietikäinen


Besides some information on ongoing ESU initiatives, the meeting focused on the new European care strategy.