A new EU healthcare strategy – Video conference with Sirpa Pietikäinen

On 24 January 2023, the ESU executive committee was invited to a video conference. Besides some information on ongoing ESU initiatives, the meeting focused on the new European care strategy. Both childcare and long-term care received new European guidelines. We focused only on long-term care. 

Although Care is primarily a Member States’ competence, the EU can play an important role in promoting and stimulating policies for the senior generation.  

On 7 September 2022, the European Commission proposed the following:

  1. A communication on the European care strategy

The Commission sets out a vision for the provision of long-term care in Europe, outlines supporting measures at EU level and calls for action at national level. These include direct technical support under a new flagship project “Towards person-centred integrated care”, the upcoming Horizon Europe partnership “Transforming health and care systems” and a strategic partnership with WHO.

  1. A proposal for a Council recommendation on access to affordable high-quality long-term care.

It aims to improve the situation of formal and informal care providers and attract more care workers, including through legal migration programmes. 

The focus is on:

  • The adequacy, availability and quality of long-term care, Member States should set high quality criteria and standards for all long-term care institutions.
  • Fair working conditions for care staff. This includes developing attractive wages in the sector by promoting national social dialogue and collective bargaining.
  • Address skills needs and shortages of workers in the care sector. Member States should design and improve primary and secondary education and training, build career pathways through retraining and upskilling, establish pathways to regular employment status for undeclared care workers, explore legal migration pathways for care workers and make the care profession attractive to both men and women.

ESU welcomes this initiative. It is now up to Member States to implement care policies adapted to their national needs and capabilities. It is important in this implementation phase that all actors play their role and feel involved. The ESU has invited governments, formal and non-formal care providers, families, civil society … invited to work together to provide the best possible care for everyone who needs it. 

To encourage this process, we have prepared a resolution that can be amended and adopted by the EPP.

A first draft of the resolution will be sent to our associations. We hope to finalise it by the end of February.


Events in 2023

​​European People's Party Political Assembly in Munich


The EPP Political Assembly brings together representatives from all EPP member parties and associations

The European Day of Solidarity between Generations


The European Day of Solidarity between Generations aim is to raise awareness of the importance of intergenerational solidarity and to promote dialogue.

Symposium CD&V-senioren – CDA senioren – European Seniors’ Union


A fascinating day on ‘Creating dignity in the final phase of life"

National meeting 'Generation 60+' in Bozen/ Bolzano

Bozen/ Bolzano

'Generation 60+' held an election meeting in which Otto von Dellemann and Christine von Stefenelli were confirmed in their positions.

The EU’s Care Strategy – Perspectives and Reflections of the ESU


A European Care Strategy was at the center of the discussions at the ESU Executive Committee Meeting (EXCO), which took place on March 25, in Leuven.

ExCo meeting in Leuven- Side Event


The ESU Facilitated meeting between the Chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Belgian and Romanian Parliaments

Presidium and Executive Committee meeting in Leuven


On 24-26 March, we organised a meeting in Leuven with Presidium members and Executive Committee members.

Biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors


ESU president An Hermans and general secretary Guido Dumon were invited to Bergen, Norway, for the biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors.