‘What does the Green Deal mean for our way of life?’ – ESU & CDA Side Event

On 31 May until  the 1st of June, the European People’s Party (EPP) held its 27th Congress. The congress took place in Rotterdam Ahoy. On the day of the opening of the Congress, 31 May, we organised a side-event of the European Seniors’ Union together with the seniors of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDAS). This side-event concerning ‘What does the Green Deal mean for our way of life?’ addressed the challenges of a greener and more sustainable society and what impact this will have on our lifestyle.

We welcomed Margaritis Schinas, – Vice-President EU Commission on ‘Promoting our European Way of Life’- he took care of the introductory word. We were also given a presentation by two passionate professors who each made a difference in the field of sustainability in their own area of expertise:

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Blankestijn, nephrologist (UMC Utrecht) and member of ‘Regiegroep Green Deal Duurzame Zorg’
  • Prof. Dr. Joop de Kraker, professor of Sustainability Assessment (Maastricht University)

It was interesting to listen to presentations from different points of view, the whole event was moderated by Prof. Steven Van Hecke, Professor of Comparative and European Politics (KU Leuven) and a lively Q&A followed at the end of the event.

We thank CDA Seniors for the close and smooth cooperation.



Events in 2022

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On 18 November 2022, a delegation of the European Seniors’ Union undertook a study visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

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Message from our President on the occasion of Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022


In view of the upcoming Global Media and Information Literacy Week, we invite you to highlight the importance of media and information literacy.

International conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of AFAMMER

Ciudad Real - Madrid - Spain

ESU President An Hermans and Secretary-General Guido Dumon participated in the commemoration of 40 years of AFAMMER

Letter of ESU President An Hermans on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons


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Politische Akademie, 1120 Vienna

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EPP Congress Rotterdam: 31 May - 1 June


ESU intervention at the Congress and Election of Manfred Weber as EPP President and EPP leadership

ESU Northern and Baltic Countries Regional Conference: Life with Covid-19


ESU Northern and Baltic Countries Regional Conference took place from 19-21 May; the central theme was: 'Life with Covid-19; new tasks & challenges for seniors.

Solidarity with Ukraine


In early April, Volodymyr Dzobak contacted ESU President An Hermans. The interest grew to get to know Mr. Dzobak and his organization better.

29 April: European Day of Solidarity between generations


ESU takes part every year in this awareness-raising campaign in order to draw attention to the concept of intergenerational solidarity and cooperation.

17.03.2022 ESU Video meeting on “War, tensions and threats at European borders"


On 17 March we had our video conference on ‘War, tensions and threats at the European borders - How can the EU react? / What can citizens expect?”