EPP Congress Zagreb

The  EPP held its XXVI Congress on 20 and 21 November in Zagreb, Croatia. Co-hosted by Prime Minister of Croatia and Hrvatska demokratska zajednica (HDZ) leader, Andrej Plenković, a the Congress in Zagreb focused on effective policies to combat climate change, on empowering the younger generations and the Western Balkans.

During the Congress the EPP Presidency was elected, including the President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary General. 2000 participants from more than 40 countries were invited to participate in the Congress in Zagreb. Donald Tusk was elected as the new EPP president, and we would like to use this opportunity to reiterate our support for the new president. We hope that in the coming years we can continue a good cooperation as was the case with the previous  EPP president Joseph Daul. We also rely strongly on the Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz and the support of the General Secretariat.

The ESU has been invited to participate in the Congress with a delegation with voting rights consisting of president An Hermans and six members with voting rights. This means that the ESU actively participated in the election of the EPP president and the leadership of the EPP. The ESU also had a voice in the discussion and adoption of resolutions. For this Congress it was mainly our Secretary General Guido Dumon and Vice-President Heinz Becker who, during the preparations of the Congress, represented the voice of the seniors.

Speech by our president at the EPP Congress

At the Congress the ESU president An Hermans gave a speech which can be consulted online: An Hermans, ESU President (Zagreb Congress)”.

An Hermans said: “Seniors of today don’t want to be a burden, but cooperative partners in society and in opening a new chapter for the future of Europe. 

Therefore, I ask you: 

  • Recognize our talents and experiences and don’t say too easy ‘They live too long’; ‘They cost too much’.
  • Don’t forget the older generations in reflections on sustainable economic growth. ‘People’s wellbeing and economic growth are interdependent and mutually reinforcing’.
  • Let’s make of the development of the ‘Silver Economy’ and intergenerational cooperation and solidarity opportunities for the future.”

 More information, including adopted resolutions, speeches,… can be found on : https://www.epp.eu/press-releases/epp-congress-in-zagreb-

Events in 2019

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

Bratislva - Slovakia

From 6-8 November, the Christian Senior Citizens' Association of Slovakia, together with the ESU, organised a regional conference in Bratislava.

‘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.