AGE starts its campaign to re-establish the EP Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
Now that the newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are coming back after a short summer break, AGE Platform Europe is launching its campaign for the re-establishment of the Intergroup on Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Nine MEPs have already committed to supporting the campaign in Brussels and AGE members are busy spreading the word at national level.
We invite you to join us to make sure ageing and demographic change issues will remain high on the EP political agenda for the coming 5 years.
What is the Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity?
The European Parliament’s Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity has been operating successfully since 1982. It has been a key factor of progress in the past decades to improve the quality of life of the European citizens.
The Intergroup is a forum gathering members of the European Parliament (MEPs) committed to positive solutions to the challenges of demographic change. It is an effective platform to:
- provide a cross-party forum for in-depth discussion and joint action on the challenges posed by demographic ageing and what the European Union (EU) can do
- provide an agenda of events that can help MEPs address ageing issues in a wide range of committees
- help meet the expectations of the EU citizens through measures that cope with demographic change in a positive way
In the last parliamentary term (2009-2014), some 40 MEPs joined this Intergroup. They represented most of Member States and all political groups. AGE cooperated closely with the Intergroup to organise awareness-raising events on pressing ageing issues and to work on legislative files that have an impact on senior citizens living in the EU.
Why re-establishing the Intergroup is important for AGE Platform Europe?
Ageing issues are now more relevant than ever to the European Parliament’s work across a whole spectrum of committees, touching on everything from economic affairs to transport, culture and education, pensions, employment and social affairs, civil liberties, justice and home affairs, internal market, consumer protection, health and gender equality.
It is crucial to continue raising awareness about Europe’s population ageing and the need to find innovative ways to tackle the ongoing economic and social crisis and ensure a fairer and more sustainable future for all generations. The Intergroup can play a crucial role in helping the EP adopt positive attitudes towards ageing in all relevant EU policies.
How can you help to re-establish the Intergroup?
As an MEP, you can encourage your political group to vote in favour of the Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity and encourage other MEPs from your political group to do so after the selection is made. If you are interested in supporting and/or joining the Intergroup on Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, please contact Ophelie Durand email@example.com.
As civil society organisation or citizen, you can help mobilise MEPs to vote in favour of the Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity and encourage other MEPs from their political group to do so when the selection is made.
AGE has prepared documents to help you campaign for the re-establishment of the Intergroup:
- Presentation of past activities and successes of the Intergroup, available in English.
If you wish to help us with the campaign, please contact Ophelie Durand firstname.lastname@example.org