29 April: European Day of Solidarity between generations

At the EU conference in Brdo, Slovenia on 28-29 April 2008, the (first) Slovenian Presidency of the European Union proposed that 29 April be declared European Day of Solidarity between generations. The first EU Day was officially launched on 29 April 2009.

ESU takes part every year in this awareness-raising campaign in order to draw attention to the concept of intergenerational solidarity and initiate greater cooperation and shared perspectives in future social development. As part of this celebration, our President An Hermans participated in an online meeting ‘Intergenerational Dialogue in Political Environments: Challenges and Opportunities’ hosted by Monique Vogelaar and Sabine Hanger.

Our message: ‘Solidarity: one of the cornerstones of the European Union’

Solidarity between generations starts in warm relationships in families and neighbourhoods where parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, young and old meet and care for each other. But solidarity is a cornerstone not only in direct interpersonal relationships. We also need this solidarity to create common political perspectives in order to tackle social problems or find sustainable solutions for the future.

Ageism and negative attitudes towards certain age groups divide people of different generations and create barriers to their full participation in society. These stereotypes, which are learned at a very young age, usually stem from a lack of understanding of the reality in which other age groups live. Promoting regular interaction between people of different age groups can help to break down stereotypes and increase awareness of the diversity of situations within an age group and of the common challenges faced.

An Hermans- ESU President


Events in 2022

The Council of Europe: guardian of human rights


On 18 November 2022, a delegation of the European Seniors’ Union undertook a study visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Strasbourg: historic city and one of the centres of European policy-making


Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, has an iconic story for anyone involved in European politics; sometimes in the background but sometimes very close

Message from our President on the occasion of Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022


In view of the upcoming Global Media and Information Literacy Week, we invite you to highlight the importance of media and information literacy.

International conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of AFAMMER

Ciudad Real - Madrid - Spain

ESU President An Hermans and Secretary-General Guido Dumon participated in the commemoration of 40 years of AFAMMER

Letter of ESU President An Hermans on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons


On the 1 October 2022 we celebrate worldwide the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP).

“Senior citizens in contemporary Europe, issues and challenges”


From 23 until 25 september we co-organized the International European Educational and Scientific Conference on health care, social care, and new technologies fo

The European house must be built in solidarity


On 14th of September the ESU participated in an event organized at the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council.

Summer Academy 2022: “Generations master the future of a changing Europe together”

Politische Akademie, 1120 Vienna

After three years, nearly 60 people from all over Europe met at the Politische Akademie in Vienna for the ESU Summer Academy.

The digital Era? Also my era! Media and Information Literacy: a key to ensure seniors’ rights to participate in the digital era


An Hermans was invited by the Council of Europe to compile an informative brochure on the subject of digital literacy within the senior generation.

‘What does the Green Deal mean for our way of life?’ - ESU & CDA Side Event


This side-event concerning ‘What does the Green Deal mean for our way of life?’ during EPP Congress in Rotterdam

EPP Congress Rotterdam: 31 May - 1 June


ESU intervention at the Congress and Election of Manfred Weber as EPP President and EPP leadership

ESU Northern and Baltic Countries Regional Conference: Life with Covid-19


ESU Northern and Baltic Countries Regional Conference took place from 19-21 May; the central theme was: 'Life with Covid-19; new tasks & challenges for seniors.

Solidarity with Ukraine


In early April, Volodymyr Dzobak contacted ESU President An Hermans. The interest grew to get to know Mr. Dzobak and his organization better.

17.03.2022 ESU Video meeting on “War, tensions and threats at European borders"


On 17 March we had our video conference on ‘War, tensions and threats at the European borders - How can the EU react? / What can citizens expect?”