European Day of Solidarity between Generations

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Dear Members of the Executive Committee,
Dear Candidates in the European Elections,

In the light of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, we would like to voice our ambitions and hopes to all future Members of European Parliament, all candidates in the European elections and the seniors who relentlessly support these candidates.

The upcoming European elections could be pivotal for the future of our Union as we know it today. During the Juncker Commission, important steps were taken to improve the welfare and wellbeing of all citizens. But still a lot of work has to be done. Albeit some tensions that might arise on the surface, both young people and older adults are convinced that they have a common future where each and every member shares a responsibility. Nobody benefits from envy or negativity if we want to take the way forward. Consequently, the participants of the European Seniors’ Union call on the members of the European People’s Party to intensify their actions in enabling practical, mutually beneficial and satisfying relations between generations.

One of the major challenges we are facing in this regard is the demographic change. Those changes are creating new challenges, regarding both senior- and youth-related issues. Seniors throughout Europe, together with the youngest generations are urging for a strong, smart and caring European Union in which nobody is left behind that tackles these challenges decisively. Therefore, we need a coordinated European strategy for demographic change which takes into account the differences and specific problems of certain regions and cities.

Together, we stand strong for a better Europe with a flourishing economic growth and valuable social progress. Together, we can make it happen.

Yours sincerely,


Guido Dumon                                                                                                           An Hermans
Secretary-General                                                                                                    President

Events in 2019

EPP Congress Zagreb

Zagreb - Croatia

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

“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.

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.