Regional Conference: Civil society and active participation

On 21-22 October 2016, the ESU and its Slovenian member organisations organised a regional Conference on Civil society and active participation. The first ESU conference in Ljubljana was successful. Thanks to the presidents of the three Slovenian ESU senior associations (SDS seniors – Zvone Zinrajh, Nova Sovenija seniors – Joze Jurkovic, SLS seniors – Anton Bogataj), who took the initative to organize this conference.

At the opening session the presidents of the three mother parties (SDS- Mr. Janez Jansa, N.Si-Mr. Jozef Horvat, vice-pres., SLS-Mr. Marko Zidanek) welcomed all the participants. ESU President, An Hermans, emphasized the need of working together at the European level to achieve our common goals.

President Hermans concluded the Ljubljana conference after the adoption of a final declaration: Ageing Europe should not be an incentive for instability or an encouragement for migrantion flows. She highlighted some challenges for intergenerational solidarity and cohesion in European societies and confirmed the statement of Prof. dr. Andrej Umek on the key challenge of youth employment.

Events in 2016

9th ESU Congress

Leuven - Belgium

On 4-5 November 2016, the triennial ESU Congress took place in Leuven. Theme: Together for a safe and social Europe.

International Day of Older Persons


On the occasion of the International day of Older Persons on 1 October 2016, the ESU released a message of ESU President Hermans.

Summer Academy 2016: Europe must not fail

Vienna - Austria

'Europe must not fail' that was the title of the 7th Summer Academy (1-3 July 2016), organized by the ESU and the Österreichischer Seniorenbund.

Regional Conference: Active ageing and the participation of seniors in public life

Budapest - Hungary

For a two-days Conference in Budapest, the ESU could count on the Robert Schuman Institute, Fidesz and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Launch of the Foundation 'Youth and Seniors for Europe'

Brauweiler-Pulheim - Germany

To mark the European Day of Solidarity Between Generations dr. Bernhard Worms organised the launch of the Foundation 'Youth and Seniors for Europe'.