The first Forum of Seniors’ Organizations from the Eastern Partnership

An ESU delegation participated in the first Forum of Senior Organisations of the Eastern Partnership and European Union – EU countries, organized by Tatsiana Zelko and her Сеньоры Беларуси in cooperation with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility on 24-25 April in hotel Monastyrski in Minsk (Belarus) . The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative of the EU and former post-Soviet states on the Eastern border of the European Union. It aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its Eastern neighbours. Delegations of the six eastern European countries involved in the partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) participated in the Forum.

During two days seniors associations, human rights initiatives, grassroots’ movements were presenting a variety of good practices. The delegations from the EU brought information on pension systems in EU countries and the possibilities for older persons to participate in social and political life. Both our delegation and the delegees of seniors’ organisations from all over our eastern neighbours were amazed by the dynamic environment in which fruitful debates were concluded.

The interaction between all attendees made the Forum a genuine success as all participants expressed their satisfaction on mutual learning and the enrichment of exchanges. It is key for our organizations that we keep up the dialogue with people all over our continent. Albeit some differences, we all share the belief that our participation in society is necessary to improve the living standards of all our fellow seniors. Therefore all participants showed their hope to continue the newly established relations in the future.

Thanks our great host Tatsiana Zelko, we were able to be given a glance on the situation of our neighbours from the East. We would like to express our gratitude towards her for the relentless efforts she has conducted.


Events in 2019

EPP Congress Zagreb

Zagreb - Croatia

The EPP held its XXVI Congress on 20 and 21 November in Zagreb, Croatia.

“Thirty years of freedom” - Through the eyes of seniors

Bratislva - Slovakia

From 6-8 November, the Christian Senior Citizens' Association of Slovakia, together with the ESU, organised a regional conference in Bratislava.

‘Es gibt nog etwas zu tun’

Berlin - Germany

On 18 and 19 October the presidium gathered in Berlin at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU): Konrad Adenauerhaus.

“The Journey to Age Equality”: International Day of Older Persons 2019


In its Resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, the General Assembly of the UN declared the first of October to be 'International Day of Older Persons.

10th ESU Congress

Sandanski - Bulgaria

‘Seniors standing up for Europe’ this theme brought together over 160 men and women from 20 countries in Sandanski on 27 and 28 September.

10th edition of the Summer Academy

Vienna - Austria

Already for the 10th time, seniors from all over Europe gathered in Vienna for the yearly Summer Academy at the Politische Akademie der ÖVP.

Greetings to Cyprus


A message from our President An Hermans to the congress in Cyprus after the European elections.

Get involved in the future of Europe

Nicosia - Cyprus

A glance at the gathering of Cypriotic seniors on the 13th of May.

European Day of Solidarity between Generations

Brussels - Belgium

A Letter of the ESU on the occasion of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations

Conferencia Europea: ‘Con las Personas Mayores Avanza Europa’

Ciudad Real - Spain

Report on the Conferencia Europea: ‘Con las Personas Mayores Avanza Europa’

Launch EPP Campaign

Brussels - Belgium

Manfred Weber launched its ‘Power of WE’ in the House of European History in the presence of an ESU delegation,

Regional Conference Bozen

Bozen - Italy

On 21-23 March, the ESU co-hosted a Regional Conference together with the SVP-Senioren on several challenges our European Union is facing.

Executive Committee - Ambitions for Europe: the 2019 Elections and Beyond

Prague - Czech Republic

During the weekend of 22-24 February, the ESU Executive Committee was welcomed in Prague to gather with the European elections in mind.