Food4Thought – Europe’s Senior Voters: Long Term Implications and Challenges for the Centre Right

On October 1, on the occasion of the UN International Day of Older Persons, the European Seniors’ Union (ESU) organised a Food for Thought event together with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies about:  “Europe’s Senior Voters: Long Term Implications and Challenges for the Centre Right”. Based on a research entitled Seniors in the 2014 European Parliament Elections: Turnout, Voting Intentions and Representation, by Lawrence Cappelle, Gilles Pittoors and Steven Van Hecke, an analysis of how seniors voted in the 2014 European Parliament elections was presented by prof. Steven Van Hecke. There was also panel discussion with Anne-Sophie Parent (AGE), MEP Heinz K. Becker and Gavrilo Nikolic (2015 Wilfried Martens Fund laurate KU Leuven), which was moderated by Tomi Huhtanen, Director of the Martens Centre. After a Q&A moment, ESU President An Hermans gave her conclusions.

Please find the full speech of An Hermans in attachment below.
The study and program of the past event can be found here: Study and Program Food For Thought
More pictures can be found on Facebook: Pictures Food For Thought

Events in 2015

20 years ESU

Brussels - Belgium

On 6 November 2015 the European Seniors' Union (ESU) celebrated its 20th anniversary in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels.

EPP Statutory Congress

Madrid - Spain

On 21-22 October 2015, the ESU actively participated in the EPP Congress in Madrid.

Regional Conference: elderly abuse and exploitation

Larnaca - Cyprus

On 16 September 2015, several delegations arrived in Larnaca for the ESU regional conference on "Elderly abuse and exploitation".

International Day of Older Persons 2015


On the occasion of the Internationial Day of Older Persons 2015, ESU President An Hermans wrote a message.

Regional Conference: Lifelong learning and active ageing

Münster - Germany

On 11-12 September 2015, the ESU and the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands organised a Regional Conference around Lifelong Learning and Active Ageing.

ESU visiting Cyprus and its seniors' organisation

Nicosia - Cyprus

On 9-10 September 2015, the President and Secretary General of the ESU visited Cyprus and its seniors' association.

Summer Academy 2015: Citizens' Security in the EU

Vienna - Austria

On 3-5 July, the Summer Academy of the ESU took place in Vienna around 'Citizens' Security in the EU'.

Convention of Hoyre Seniors

Bergen - Norway

On 20-21 March 2015, the ESU President and Secretary-General participated in the Convention organized by the Hoyre Seniors in Bergen, Norway.