Summer Academy 2015: Citizens’ Security in the EU

The Summer Academy for leading seniors (3-5 July 2015) organised in Vienna by the European Seniors’ Union (ESU), the Österreichischer Seniorenbund and the Politische Akademie der ÖVP (Polak) and supported by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the European People’s Party (EPP), took place in one of the most eventful and dramatic periods in the history of the European Union.

Almost one year after the European elections,  internal and external tensions and threats should not endanger the future of the European integration process and the realisation of European values.

Many of the 75 participants of the Summer Academy know very well the history of the European Union. Many have worked intensively on its construction and are prepared – even now – along with their fellow citizens, to make every effort to build the European society in peace, prosperity and democracy. They express their deep concern over recent developments, and ask the European People’s Party (EPP), European leaders, political leaders and all stakeholders in the economic, social and cultural life, to secure the future of Europe by giving priority to the welfare and the protection of European citizens.

The conclusions and recommendations of the Summer Academy can be found below.

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.

Regional Conference: Lifelong learning and active ageing

Münster - Germany

On 11-12 September 2015, the ESU and the Senioren-Union der CDU Deutschlands organised a Regional Conference around Lifelong Learning and Active Ageing.

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.

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.