Get involved in the future of Europe

A glance at the gathering of Cypriotic seniors on the 13th of May.

Get involved in the Future of Europe.

That was the central message of a meeting on 13 May in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. The  Information Office of the European Parliament in Cyprus and several associations put their efforts together to organize a marvellous event with energizing speeches, music and time for socialising . The seniors’ association of Cyprus was one of the driving forces in this project. We were glad to be invited to bring a short message, underlining the importance of a united Europe for peace,  security, prosperity and democracy.

“Cyprus needs Europa, no single country can solve today’s challenges. We need to work together. Let’s participate in the European elections and decide on the direction we want to take together. And preserve the cornerstones of our societies: freedom, dignity and solidarity….”, An Hermans argued. This evening brought forward a strong message to all participants, underlining the role of all generations for the future of Europe. We were proud that Antonios Demetriades got a honorary award for his engagement for a society of longevity.

Also in the meetings with politicians, party leaders, candidates for the European Parliament, we exchanged experiences and ideas concerning  participation and active citizenship and people’s need to feel that Europe, and politicians in general, care for their wellbeing.

Problems regarding unemployment and poverty were also highlighted during this event. In particular unemployment of young people. Unemployment has a terrible impact on families and in the whole society. “We need more help from Europe. Solidarity is a fundament of Europa. We expect Europa to preserve a level of prosperity”, Zeta Emilianides, the Minister of Labour and Social Security told us.  Thank you, Antonios Demetriades, Andreas Vitaliotis, Pambos Georghiades and the dynamic seniors association of Dimokratikos Synagermos for hosting us. We had an unforgettable stay in Larnaca and Nicosia. Your message is a message to all European citizens: “Get involved in the European Elections. Get involved in the future of our society. Stand up for Europe.”


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.

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.