Launch of the Foundation ‘Youth and Seniors for Europe’

On 29-30 April, the ESU participated in a festive event in the former Benedictine Abbey of Brauweiler-Pulheim. To mark the European Day of Solidarity Between Generations dr. Bernhard Worms organised the launch of the Foundation ‘Youth and Seniors for Europe’.

Committed speakers, interesting discussions, and an excellent organization was provided for by dr. Worms and his team. The new foundation emerged from the ‘Helmut Kohl Golden Badge of Honour’ Foundation. The conversion was carried out at the request of former Chancellor Dr. Kohl. “Like its predecessor, the Foundation pursues the goal of serving Europe”, Dr. Worms stressed. It is intended to give students a grant for researching and working on ways to strengthen the integration of Europe.

The speakers talked about the successes of European integration, possible risks and ways to overcome them. Among the list of speakers of the congress were: ESU President Prof. An Hermans, Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, former Federal Minister and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, MEP Elmar Brok, as well as Professor Steven Van Hecke, Catholic University of Leuven. Dr. Stefan Gehrold, from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Brussels, chaired a discussion forum. For the debate about ‘Intergenerational solidarity’ also young participants were invited: MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere and Eva Majewski, head of the Youth CDU/CSU fraction in the German parliament. Young and older participants had fruitful and inspiring discussions. Dr. Pöttering urged not to forget the lessons of the history of European integration, and to teach history as a lesson for the future, even when it comes to the current immigration crisis. “There is no reason to despair of Europe” he said, “there is always a way out, because we must achieve it and we want it”.

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.

Regional Conference: Civil society and active participation

Ljubljana - Slovenia

On 21-22 October 2016, the ESU and its Slovenian member organisations organised a regional Conference on Civil society and active participation.

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.