Regional Conference: Elderly abuse and exploitation

On 16 September 2015, several delegations arrived in Larnaca (Cyprus) for the ESU regional conference. They were welcomed by Antonis Demetriades and Pambos Georgiades.

Almost 200 seniors participated in the regional conference on “Elderly abuse and exploitation“.

The conference was hosted by the University of Cyprus and organized by the Senior Citizens Organisation of Cyprus, chaired by Antonis Demetriades. Several personalities addressed the audience: Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic (video message); Mr. Averof Neofytou, president of Democratic Rally; Mrs. Zeta Emilainides, minister of Labour and Social Insurances; Mr. Ionas Nicolaou, minister of Justice; Mr. Antonis Demetriades, Mrs. Maria Kanellopoulou and Prof. An Hermans, president of the ESU. Some researchers highlighted different aspects of the complex problem of elderly abuse. Mrs. Maria Kanellopoulou (GR) and Hon. Dr. Herbert Messina-Ferrante (MT) reported on the situation in their country.

President Hermans brought a clear and challenging message: “let’s bridge the gap between the universal principles of independence, care, participation, self-fulfilment, dignity on the one hand and the daily practices on the other hand.”

For more information, see the report below.


Events in 2015

20 years ESU

Brussels - Belgium

On 6 November 2015 the European Seniors' Union (ESU) celebrated its 20th anniversary in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels.

EPP Statutory Congress

Madrid - Spain

On 21-22 October 2015, the ESU actively participated in the EPP Congress in Madrid.

Food4Thought - Europe's Senior Voters

Brussels - Belgium

On 1 October 2015, the ESU organised a Food for Thought event together with the Wilfried Martens Centre about 'Europe's Senior Voters'.

International Day of Older Persons 2015


On the occasion of the Internationial Day of Older Persons 2015, ESU President An Hermans wrote a message.

Regional Conference: Lifelong learning and active ageing

Münster - Germany

On 11-12 September 2015, the ESU and the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands organised a Regional Conference around Lifelong Learning and Active Ageing.

ESU visiting Cyprus and its seniors' organisation

Nicosia - Cyprus

On 9-10 September 2015, the President and Secretary General of the ESU visited Cyprus and its seniors' association.

Summer Academy 2015: Citizens' Security in the EU

Vienna - Austria

On 3-5 July, the Summer Academy of the ESU took place in Vienna around 'Citizens' Security in the EU'.

Convention of Hoyre Seniors

Bergen - Norway

On 20-21 March 2015, the ESU President and Secretary-General participated in the Convention organized by the Hoyre Seniors in Bergen, Norway.