Biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors

On 13 and 14 February, ESU president An Hermans and general secretary Guido Dumon were invited to Bergen, Norway, for the biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors. The Hoyre-Seniors have been active members of the ESU for many years. Norway is not a Member State of the European Union (EU). However, it is associated with the Union through its membership of the European Economic Area (EEA), which was signed in 1992 and established in 1994. The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of cooperation and ensures Norway’s participation in the EU single market. Norway is also part of the Schengen Agreement and cooperates with the EU on foreign and security policy.

The biennial national meeting is a well-prepared gathering of delegates from all over the country who make decisions for the next period: election of the association’s president and board; information sessions on political issues, statements on seniors’ aspirations in society.

The meeting opened on 13 February with a highly appreciated speech by Erna Solberg, former prime minister of Norway and currently party leader of Hoyre. She analysed the international and national horizon of challenges facing our societies. This became even more concrete in the many questions and responses from the participants. It was a lively discussion, showing that older people are not only involved in senior issues, but in all areas of society.

During her speech, on 14 February, An Hermans expressed her deep appreciation for the commitment of the Hoyre seniors and their loyalty to ESU:

“Each time (that we participated in your meetings) was also a joyful opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, and to return home inspired, empowered and convinced that we will share the lessons learned in our associations and together in European society pursue a strong human rights approach for an age-friendly society. One of your societal keys to success is certainly the close cooperation between your association, as a civil society organisation, scientific researchers and politicians in parliament and government. That is the way to find together the best perspectives for the future together.

The quality of life of seniors in Norway is measured as one of the best in the world, and ageing has been high on the political agenda for decades. You and your political leaders have understood that policies on ageing are not just about healthcare or pensions, but about all areas of society, and that it is a responsibility of the whole society. (…)”

You can find ESU President Hermans’ full speech here.

During the biennial national meeting, Lars Myraune was elected as president. We wish him, the new elected board, and all Seniors from Hoyre all the best for the future.


Events in 2023

ESU Annual Report 2023


Our ESU 2023 Annual Report is available

Brainstorm on “Enhancing the Digital Skills of Seniors in the Slovak Republic”


The primary aim of this project is to optimize digital literacy among seniors in Slovakia by developing lessons focused on digitalization for seniors.

New perspectives about ageing better

NIcosia - Cyprus

Regional Conference in Nicosia on new perspectives about ageing better

UN International Day of Older Persons


President An Hermans has provided a message in on the occasion of the 33rd UNIDOP on October 1st.

The ESU joins UNIDOP celebrations in Cyprus

Foini - Cyprus

On October 1, ESU President An Hermans and Secretary-General Guido Dumon joined in the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) festivities in Cyprus.

Empowering Active Retirees in the Digital Era: An Inspiring Encounter


On July 20, 2023, ESU-president An Hermans was invited to speak before a group of retired professionals in Kortrijk, Flanders on the topic: MIL.

News from the ESU associations: Thoughts and experiences to share


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Martens Centre Survey on 'Regaining the Middle Ground for the Centre Right' and discussions


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Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to the Digital Environment


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Europe as a task & Challenges for the EU


3rd Day of the ESU Summer Academy with guest speaker Herman Van Rompuy, Emeritus President of the EU Council

'Europe as a Task'


Insights into EU Governance: Exploring the European Commission and the European Semester at the Summer Academy

ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels


Strengthening Bonds and Understanding: ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels

"Why Europe? - Presidency Meeting with Prof. Steven Van Hecke"


ESU presidium meeting during first day of the Summer Academy

​​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


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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


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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.

A new EU healthcare strategy - Video conference with Sirpa Pietikäinen


Besides some information on ongoing ESU initiatives, the meeting focused on the new European care strategy.