Regional Conference: Lifelong learning and active ageing

Lifelong Learning and Active Ageing were the themes of the Regional Conference, on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September in Münster, Germany, organised by the European Seniors’ Union and  the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands.

Taking the recent events into account, it was not a surprise that the refugee crisis and the role of Europe in this was also discussed. There were participants from Belgium, Great Britain, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Speeches were given by the president of the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands, Prof. Dr. Otto Wulff, MEPs Heinz K. Becker and Dr. Markus Pieper, ESU President An Hermans, Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr and Werner Jostmeier, after words of greeting by Josef Rickfelder and Leonard Kuckart.

The full report, written by Claus Bernhold, and program of the Conference, and the speech given by President An Hermans can be found on below (only in German).

The conference was managed nicely by ESU Vice-President Dr. Phil. Gabriele Peus-Bispinck and her team. The participants could afterwards enjoy a city tour through Münster.

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".

Food4Thought - Europe's Senior Voters

Brussels - Belgium

On 1 October 2015, the ESU organised a Food for Thought event together with the Wilfried Martens Centre about 'Europe's Senior Voters'.

International Day of Older Persons 2015


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

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.