“Thirty years of freedom” – Through the eyes of seniors

From 6-8 November, the Christian Senior Citizens’ Association of Slovakia, together with the ESU, organised a regional conference in Bratislava. The subject of the conference was perfectly chosen: ‘Thirty years of freedom’. In Slovakia, November is a special month of commemoration for this captivating freedom. Also, on the 9th of November, in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world people commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

An impressive program was offered. Highly qualified speakers presented their vision and analysis of what happened thirty years ago and the hopes and achievements that followed. “Not everything what we realised was worth doing so. There are victories and failures. Let us take the responsibility together to work not from the perspective of selfishness, but from the perspective of the common good.” Ivan Simko said. Inspiring speeches by Bishop Jozef Haľko, Eva Grey, Milan Majerský and Miriam Lexmann gave insights to work towards an inclusive society as a person, as a citizen, as a Christian and as a politician, where the rule of law and respect for human dignity are core values. Jozef Milkosko; Peter Mach and Milos Nemecek typified what that means for their Senior Association. Delegations from different countries (e.g. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland) presented examples of good practice from their country, their legislation and their senior organisation’s programmes. This broad picture provides Europe with a wide range of diversity.

‘How governments shape future-oriented policy’ was discussed after Jan Kasal’s lecture on ‘Policy in the Czech Republic’. However, it is not only the Member States that are responsible for an inclusive society in which young and old are given opportunities to develop and live in dignity. Europe also has a part to play in responding to the challenges of demographic change. What can Europe do? What can we expect from Europe? How can policy-making at all levels value the talents of older people, eliminate ageism and provide care and support where necessary? Ivan Stefanec gave a realistic and hopeful answer to these questions.

A panel of representatives from different organisations was entitled to conclude the Regional Conference in Bratislava. ESU president An Hermans expressed her gratitude for the inspiring cooperation and therefore departed (again) from what was done 30 years ago: “Calling for continued commitment to peace, freedom and democracy. The start of a new policy period in Europe should provide answers to the challenges ahead.” – An Hermans


Events in 2019

EPP Congress Zagreb

Zagreb - Croatia

The EPP held its XXVI Congress on 20 and 21 November in Zagreb, Croatia.

‘Es gibt nog etwas zu tun’

Berlin - Germany

On 18 and 19 October the presidium gathered in Berlin at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU): Konrad Adenauerhaus.

“The Journey to Age Equality”: International Day of Older Persons 2019


In its Resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, the General Assembly of the UN declared the first of October to be 'International Day of Older Persons.

10th ESU Congress

Sandanski - Bulgaria

‘Seniors standing up for Europe’ this theme brought together over 160 men and women from 20 countries in Sandanski on 27 and 28 September.

10th edition of the Summer Academy

Vienna - Austria

Already for the 10th time, seniors from all over Europe gathered in Vienna for the yearly Summer Academy at the Politische Akademie der ÖVP.

Greetings to Cyprus


A message from our President An Hermans to the congress in Cyprus after the European elections.

Get involved in the future of Europe

Nicosia - Cyprus

A glance at the gathering of Cypriotic seniors on the 13th of May.

European Day of Solidarity between Generations

Brussels - Belgium

A Letter of the ESU on the occasion of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations

The first Forum of Seniors’ Organizations from the Eastern Partnership

Minsk - Belarus

On the 24th and 25 of April, an ESU delegation was honoured to be part of the first Forum of Seniors’ Organizations organized in Minsk.

Conferencia Europea: ‘Con las Personas Mayores Avanza Europa’

Ciudad Real - Spain

Report on the Conferencia Europea: ‘Con las Personas Mayores Avanza Europa’

Launch EPP Campaign

Brussels - Belgium

Manfred Weber launched its ‘Power of WE’ in the House of European History in the presence of an ESU delegation,

Regional Conference Bozen

Bozen - Italy

On 21-23 March, the ESU co-hosted a Regional Conference together with the SVP-Senioren on several challenges our European Union is facing.

Executive Committee - Ambitions for Europe: the 2019 Elections and Beyond

Prague - Czech Republic

During the weekend of 22-24 February, the ESU Executive Committee was welcomed in Prague to gather with the European elections in mind.