Launch of the 2020 Annual Report

2020: An unprecedented year 

For ESU too, 2020 was an unforeseen year, our annual report gives an overview of how we learned from this abnormal year and how we tried to overcome the obstacles. We are pleased to present the annual report at our ESU executive meeting on 23 March 2021. 

In Prague (5-7 March 2020), we organised our first meeting in 2020 for the members of the Presidium and the Executive Committee. It became a meeting to remember. Not because of the programme, which went smoothly; not because of the atmosphere among the participants, as there was a sense of strong connection; but as the days and hours progressed, the reports of the spread of the ‘COVID-19 Virus’ became more alarming. From then on, in mid-March, our ESU activities were marked by the far-reaching spread of the pandemic and the associated measures. 

The COVID-19 pandemic posed unprecedented challenges to humanity and was a disproportionate threat to the health, life, rights and well-being of the older generation. It concerned all and every one of us. It confronted us with how our society perceives the needs and human rights of the ageing population, how our society perceives age and ageing. ESU stressed that we want the recovery from COVID-19 in Europe to be an opportunity to pave the way for a more inclusive, just and age-friendly society, based on democracy, the rule of law and the inalienable respect for human dignity.

At the end of 2020, the year in which the ESU planned to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we were grateful to those who have built the ESU. We thank you and all partners within the ESU network for your active commitment to the well-being of our fellow citizens and your cooperation in our association. 

How did we experience this strange period? How did we maintain and strengthen contacts between our member associations? How have we given voice to the questions, needs and hopes of senior citizens during this strange period? 

Please read it in our Annual Report:
2020: An unprecedented year


Events in 2021

A European Health Union in the making? - Ensuring EU solidarity for a better healthcare for all

Video Conference

ESU-video Conference 20 April 2021, 11h00-12h30

Older persons and digital inclusion in today’s information society



The era of digitalization: from communication highways to disinformation and infodemic. Opportunities and potential risks

Video Conference

ESU Video Conference 23 March

Europe’s future: demographic challenges and opportunities for a strong recovery

Video Conference

Videomeeting with Mrs Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography.

Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, to cope with future challenges for people and for the EU

Video Conference

The ESU organized its first video conference of 2021, with interesting speakers such as: Herman Van Rompuy, Hardy Ostry & Rolf Berend on a post COVID-19 Europe.