Some inspiring echoes from our member organisations of the past year

On 3 July, we held a meeting with our ESU Executive Committee. Annually at the Summer Academy there is an opportunity for our member organisations to present their ‘Country Reports’ in which they give some insight in the proceedings of their organisation during the past year and/or about ‘good practices’ they experienced as well as good initiatives that have noticed in regard to the senior generation. We experience this happening as a unique occasion to learn from each other. In order to give some direction to the proceedings of reviewing the reports, our secretariat prepared two questions for our Executive Committee members:

  • Do you have experience with certain initiatives taken during the pandemic in view of promoting the well-being of older persons, which you want to communicate with colleagues in Europe as a good practice?

  • Europe puts its future policy in a ‘greener, more digital and more resilient perspective’. What accents can we, as seniors, highlight in that perspective?

Throughout the submitted documents we repeatedly saw the following recurring ‘issues’ and we share the opinion that these are certainly to be followed up:

– The role of the government as guardian of qualitative ‘long term care’;

– Prevention of social isolation and loneliness;

– Access to and ability to communicate via the internet (digital literacy);

– Solidarity between generations.

We received eight responses of which five were answers to the questions, which we have summarised in the attached report. Not every organisation answered the questions, sometimes a separate report was given, which can be found at the bottom of the document. Otherwise, you can find the answers per question in the document.

You can find the overview here


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

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


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

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.