29 April - EU Day of Solidarity between Generations

Join AGE's campaign for more solidarity between generations in Europe!


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AGE is involved in an awareness-raising campaign  to attract the attention of politicians at European, national, regional and local levels on how to rethink the concept of solidarity and coorperation between the generations.

This campaign was launched in 2008 and has since then been supported by a large coalition of European Organisations involved in the promotion of the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Soliarity between Generations and active in a wide range of sectors. 


Objective of this campaign

Make the European Union more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population, as well as have intergenerational solidarity high on the EU agenda.


Past activities

In 2015...

AGE cooperated with the Confederation of Family Organisations (COFACE), Eurochild, the European Women's Lobby (EWL) and the European Youth Forum (EYF) to issue a joint press statement recalling the importance of bringing generations together to combat age stereotypes and discrimination and promote the inclusion and participation of all age group in all areas of society. AGE aimed to raise awareness of the positive impact of intergenerational links in the context of population ageing and of the key role each generation plays - and should be empowered to play - to ensure a sustainable future for people of all ages. Read more in this Special Briefing (April 2015)
In 2014...
  • AGE joined forces with some MEP candidates from major European political parties to commit to promoting greater solidarity and cooperation between generations during the next European Parliament's mandate and issue a joint press release.
  • AGE members organised events all over the EU 
In 2013...
  • The Coalition encouraged their members and the other European organisations to organise awareness-raising events on the need of greater intergenerational solidarity in an ageing society. Those initiatives are collected every year so as to give them more visibility and inspire further actions/projects.
  • This year again, the Coalition sent a joint press release to mark the EU Day and highlight its key message
  • In 2013, AGE and Eurochild organised a roundtable at the European Parliament on the topic of Grandparents as carers on 24th April.
  • The coalition also supported and promoted the European project Generations@school

In 2012...

  • The Coalition closely cooperated with the European Commission in order to prepare the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012). For more information, please click here.
  • The Coalition published a joint brochure entitled "2012: Everyone has a role to play!" (version FR) to invite all stakeholders at local, national and European level to use the European Year 2012 to promote solidarity between generations.
  • The Coalition published an EY2012 Coalition Manifesto    
  • The Coalition prepared a roadmap presenting their concrete commitments in the framework of the EU Year 2012

Please click here to see the list of initiatives added since the publishing of the roadmap

In 2009 and 2010, AGE published two major publications explaining the challenge of solidarity between generations and its role in achieving social cohesionand ademographic ageing:

What can you do to support the campaign?

    • Use the logo of the EU Day on your website or on any relevant publication;
    • Send your intergenerational projects, events or good practice examples to anne.melard@age-platform.eu


    • Help us disseminate AGE joint publications as widely as possible.


For more information on the campaign, please contact Alice Sinigaglia alice.sinigaglia@age-platform.eu


If you wish to share with us your examples of good practice, please contact Anne Mélard, Information and Communication Officer, anne.melard@age-platform.eu


This page has kindly been translated into Croatian by Forum 50+: Center for Quality of life  To view, please click here.


Some initiatives on intergenerational solidarity carried out in 2014
28 April 2014

List of initiatives across the EU in 2013
22 April 2013

List of Supplementary Initiatives to the EY2012 Road Map
17 April 2012

List of initiatives and actions across Europe 2012
23 March 2012

List of initiatives and actions across Europe 2011
09 March 2011

Best Practice in the Field of Intergenerational Solidarity
07 September 2010

List of initiatives and actions across Europe 2010
05 March 2010

Examples of actions to mark the European Day on Intergenerational Solidarity
04 January 2010

The EY2012 Coalition
01 January 2010

Logo "29 April - European Day of Solidarity between Generations"
30 November 1999
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