Presidium and Executive Committee meeting in Leuven

On 24-26 March, we organised a meeting in Leuven with Presidium members and Executive Committee members. It was a varied programme: we took a look back at 2022 with the discussion of the annual report and made plans for the future. (Please find our Annual Report from 2022 here) Several highly qualified speakers supported our exploration of today’s challenges.

We were glad to welcome Steven Van Hecke (Professor at  KU Leuven) and Sebastien Dechamps (Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas International Belgium) for an intervention on respectively “An overview of the current challenges in Europe” and “The living conditions of the Ukrainian people and how to support them” (see ppt prof van Hecke and text Deschamps). Prof Van Hecke presented a broad panorama opening the discussion for several subjects. The solidarity with Ukraine was expressed in the EPP as ‘Winter solidarity’ and the preservation of ‘generators’. The ESU will continue our solidarity with Ukraine and look for appropriate contacts.

Central to our programme we paid attention to the new European approach concerning care strategy. To this end, we had the honour and pleasure of welcoming Colin Scicluna (Head of Cabinet of Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission), supporting our discussion and approval concerning a long-prepared resolution in which Heinz Becker took the lead: “The New European Care Strategy: towards affordable quality care for all people who need it.” (Please find the full report and approved resolution on our website.)

It was mentioned several times and all the delegates were aware that 2023 and 2024 will be very busy and important years at different political levels. Also for the EPP and ESU. With EPP Compliance Director Paweł Graś we looked ahead to the EPP political strategy (Please find his intervention here). Dr Teona Lavrelashvili informed us about her research on “Opportunities and obstacles for the establishment of senior associations in some defined European countries” (Please find her presentation here). She also introduced a special guest, Ms Rozália Biró, from Romania, exchanging views with Els vanhoof , about the need for more cooperation ‘across borders’ of national states. (Please find the full report of this side event on our website.)

On Sunday afternoon, all participants left Leuven, at that moment a grey, cold and wet city. But at the farewell, warm words of appreciation and thanks were expressed for everyone who contributed to the success of the weekend. The weekend’s participants, all delegates from their senior citizens’ associations, went home with new insights, strong solidarity and the conviction that together we have an active role to play in tomorrow’s Europe across generations.


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

​​European People's Party Political Assembly in Munich


The EPP Political Assembly brings together representatives from all EPP member parties and associations

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

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.