Join AGE's campaign for more solidarity between generations in Europe!
Since 2018, AGE has been involved 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 generations and bring more intergenerational fairness and social justice.
The cornerstone of this campaign is the European Day of Solidarity between Generations that has been celebrated on 29th April since 2009 (and officially proclaimed by the Slovene Presidency of the European Union in April 2008).
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 European political agenda.
Our activities to mark the EU Day
For the 2018 edition, AGE and the European Youth Forum joined forces to call for more participation of the younger and older generations in the democratic debate and policymaking and promote age diversity in all areas of society, as we highlighted in a joint press release and during a symposium organized by AGE member organisation ESU and the Office of International IDEA to the European Union on ‘Involving Generations in Dialogue for Democracy’ on 24 April 2018.
Together with the European Parliament Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity and the EPP and ALDE groups, we organised a breakfast debate at the European Parliament on active ageing and intergenerational solidarity at work. The agenda of this event included a presentation by the European Social Partners of their framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach and a discussion on what the EU and civil society can do to support active ageing and intergenerational solidarity.
Our joint press release called for promoting more age diversity and developing life-cycle approaches at the workplace.
We organised a joint event with the European Parliament Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Family policies and the European Youth Forum to shed light on the persisting age stereotypes and ingrained ageism. The event showcased widespread experiences of ageism at both ends of the life spectrum. with the many disadvantages and obstacles that still prevent the equal participation of the young and the older generations across the European Union.
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)
- 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
- The coalition of European Organisations involved in the promotion of the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Soliarity between Generations 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 EY2012 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
- The large coalition of European Organisations active in a wide range of sectors closely cooperated with the European Commission in order to prepare the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012).
- 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 (version FR)
- The Coalition prepared a roadmap (version FR) presenting their concrete commitments in the framework of the EU Year 2012
In 2009 and 2010, AGE published two major publications explaining the challenge of solidarity between generations and its role in achieving social cohesion and addressing demographic ageing:
- Intergenerational Solidarity: the way forward - Joint publication, 2010
- Intergenerational solidarity for Cohesive and Sustainable Societies (2009) - on the outcomes of the Slovenian Presidency Conference Brdo, Slovenia in April 2008
In 2008: At a EU Conference in Brdo, Slovenia on 28 - 29 April 2008 the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union announced that it was proposing to declare 29 April European Day of solidarity and cooperation
between generations. The first EU Day was officially launched on 29 April 2009.
What can you do to support our 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 email@example.com
- Help us disseminate our joint publications as widely as possible.
If you wish to share with us your examples of good practice, please contact Anne Mélard, Information and Communication Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org