“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 for lifelong learning. The event was organized with the National Federation of Third Age University Associations in Poland; the Polish Seniors’ Union and the Jagiellonian Third Age University.

Our secretary general, Guido Dumon delivered an opening speech at the conference, he stressed the importance of lifelong learning, wishing the more than 100 attendees an interesting day. In addition, great sympathy was expressed for the Ukrainian people. 

The aim of the conference was to organize an open dialogue and to exchange ideas about the goals of sustainable development and discuss how to build a future for all ages, how to strengthen solidarity between generations and across borders, responding to demographic changes. The conference was divided into three major thematic blocks where experts were given the floor through panel discussions. This provided participants with information on the topics from different perspectives. There was also time to answer questions from the audience: 

  1. Issues of Healthcare and General Senior Care – Situation in European Union Member States during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
  2. State-of-the-art Technologies in the Context of Senior Citizen’s Needs 
  3. Education for Senior Citizens – Lifelong Learning: Challenges Faced by Seniors’ Organisations and their Leaders 

The event was kicked off by a Keynote address by Professor Steven Van Hecke, Ph.D. Catholic University of Leuven: “Looking ahead to European and global challenges”. His presentation is available here.

On Sunday, a day after the congress, the ESU delegation was guided around magical Krakow by a guide from the Third Age University  Among other things, we visited the famous Veit Stoss altarpiece of Saint Mary’s Basilica.


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).

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.

29 April: European Day of Solidarity between generations


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"


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?”