Online meeting Executive Committee about the upcoming ESU-Congress in Madrid

On Monday 23 August, the members of the ESU executive committee met online. It was a meeting with many familiar faces; with over 30 participants. The main goal: prepare for the ESU-Congress in Madrid, at a moment when there was still one month to go…

On the agenda: 

  • Amendments to ESU-the statutes and voting on them;
  • Discussion of amendments to the resolution on “The need of media and information literacy for all age groups” and agreement to submit the amended text to the Congress;
  • Practicalities of the Madrid meeting (23-25 September), where we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ESU, this means: a quarter of a century of active European citizenship, promoting and voicing the aspirations of senior citizens for inclusive, people-centred societies where no one is left behind.

The proposed amendments to the Statutes were approved, the main one being the extension of the term of office of the ESU Board to 5 years instead of 3 in order to coincide with EPP elections. These amendments will be presented at the next ESU-Congress in September and will be communicated through our website and social media. 

Regarding the amendments to the resolution, we had a fruitful lively discussion. This was all managed under the moderation of Mr. Heinz Becker. We thank him for his professional approach. All agreed on the importance of Media and Information Literacy for all to participate in today’s society. The ESU wants to promote appropriate initiatives for seniors, taking into account their educational history. “It is a matter of human rights” president An Hermans said. “When we recognize the right of all to grow old in dignity and participe in all areas of society, then we also have to guarantee the needed means to carry these rights out”  The members of the executive committee are ready to initiate actions on digital inclusion, in their own country and organize campaigns in this field, everything of course under condition that the resolution will be adopted in the Congress on 24 September 2021. In the meantime several members underlined that it is necessary to ensure everyone rights to participate in society online or offline and that governments have the responsibility om dit recht te bewaken.  It was further decided to create a press release in order to efficiently communicate the resolution to all relevant stakeholders. 

The participants were also given practical information for the Extraordinary Congress in Madrid on 23-25 September. They can still register for participation until 5 Sept. We would like to thank Carmen Quintanilla for the excellent cooperation. After more than 18 months this will be the first meeting ‘in person’. 



Events in 2021

Our ESU was welcomed in Cyprus


the ESU president and secretary general were invited to cyprus for talks on the occasion of the UNIDOP, digitalisation and much more

1st October: United Nations International Day of Older Persons: ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’


A message from our president on the occasion of the 1st of October: United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP): ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’

A quarter of a century of active senior citizenship: we are grateful & celebrate


25th anniversary of the ESU - ESU-Madrid-Congress 23-25 September 2021

ESU Extraordinary Congress


Amendments to the ESU Statutes and Rules of Procedure.

‘Building the future together’


Seniors focussing on EU's political priorities: ESU-Madrid-Congress 23-25 September 2021

Some inspiring echoes from our member organisations of the past year


Overview of the Country Reports at the Executive Committee on 3 July at our Summer Academy

2021 Summer Academy


Online edition of ESU Summer Academy presenting most recent information about EU policies relating to the EU challenges for the future and to age & ageing

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

Launch of the 2020 Annual Report


For ESU too, 2020 was an unforeseen year, our annual report gives an overview of how we learned from this abnormal year and tried to overcome the obstacles.

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.