Solidarity between generations


Greater solidarity between generations to help address demographic ageing Grandfather and grandson making wooden nest box - iStock

Demographic ageing is strongly affecting the relationships among generations and the way European societies function. Rather than focusing on the negative challenges of ageing, such as its impact on the increased pension and health care expenditure or on the shrinking labour force, demographic reality should be looked at as an opportunity, which can bring solutions to many current economic and social challenges,  therefore requires a new assessment and reworking of several economic and social polities within society.

AGE is leading a campaign in order to bring more intergenerational fairness and social justice in this debate at EU level, national and local level. The aim of its campaign is to achieve an Age-Friendly EU by 2020. 

AGE actively works to raise awareness on the importance of enhancing the solidarity and cooperation between generations and to promote the European Day on Intergenerational Solidarity on 29th April. Using the opportunity offered by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP AHA), AGE also set up and moderate - as part of the AFE-INNOVNET project - an EU virtual forum on Age-Friendly Environments (AFE) to link stakeholders (public authorities, NGOs, service providers, industry, researchers) interested in the promotion of AFE at local, regional, national and EU level.

Contact persons:

For more information on the AFE-INNOVNET project, please contact Julia Wadoux,


If you want to share with us your examples of good practice in this field and activities to mark the EU Day of Solidarity between Generations on 29th April, please contact Anne Mélard, Information and Communication Officer,


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