EPP Congress Rotterdam: 31 May – 1 June

ESU intervention at the Congress

The EPP partner associations had the opportunity to address the audience during the Congress. Our President An Hermans gave a speech in which she emphasised the importance of “A sustainable world for all ages”. 

“Dear colleagues and friends, I challenge you to look at older persons through a different lens. Look at us as generations standing for the values on which Europe is built: Peace, Democracy, Freedom, Human dignity…. and ready to face the future with courage, together with younger generations!” – President Hermans

You can find her full speech here and video here.

Election of Manfred Weber as EPP President and EPP leadership

During the European People’s Party Congress Manfred Weber was elected as EPP President, he succeeded Donald Tusk.

“I am extremely proud to be elected President of the biggest political party in Europe and I am humbled to be able to continue in the footsteps of EPP leaders like Donald Tusk. Together we say no to a Europe of mistrust of the populists, that polarises people and destroys our future. We say no to a Europe of the elites and their top down approach. We are the party that is closest to the day to day realities of citizens. More than ever we will work to unite our societies and we will never stop fighting for a better and stronger EU for the people of Europe.”President Weber

Read his biography here.

Further EPP leadership elected at the Congress can be found on the EPP website.

We wish Mr Weber and his entire EPP leadership every success. We thank former President Tusk and Secretary General López for the cooperation over the past years.

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Events in 2022

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

Online

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

The European house must be built in solidarity

Prague

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

Strasbourg

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

Rotterdam

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

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

Tallinn

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

Online

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

29 April: European Day of Solidarity between generations

Online

ESU takes part every year in this awareness-raising campaign in order to draw attention to the concept of intergenerational solidarity and cooperation.

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

Online

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?”