Are grandparents ordinary senior citizens? - European symposium


The European Grandparents’ School (École des Grands-Parents européens-EGPE) invites you to reflect on the key role of grandparenthood in today's Europe and how to better recognize it.

With the support of Mme Olga Givernet, a representative of the French department of Ain, the EGPE, European citizens will have the opportunity to share their experience as grandparents and interact with French experts.


Draft agenda:

  • 9:30-10:00 : welcoming the participants
  • 10:00-10:15 : opening by Olga Givernet, députée of Ain and Armelle Le Bigot-Macaux, chairwoman of EGPE.
  • 10:15-11:00 : Radioscopy of current granparenthood. Presentation of the results of the IFOP-BAYARD-EGPE survey by Jérôme Fourquet and Bayard Presse. What should we learn from this survey?
  • 11:00-11:15 : Launching of an “Observatory of grandparents" created in partnership with DAMARTEX. Intervention of the CEO of the Foundation On Seniors’ side.
  • 11:15-11:35 : “Are today’s grandparents a generational phenomenon in the historical sense?” by Pierre Henri Tavoillot, Lecturer at Sorbonne University, HDR (Habilitation to Direct Research), President of the College of Philosophy.
  • 11:35-11:55 : “Grandparenthood, an invisible force at work in intergeneration solidarity” by Veronika KUSHTANINA, Lecturer in Sociology at Bourgogne - Franche-Comté University.

Question-Answer session

  • 12:00-12:10 : Presentation of EGPE’s flagship measures, notably the “Babalias”. Testimony of a mother who has received our help during the first lockdown.
  • 12:10-12:30 : intervention of Olga Givernet and her guest experts. Grandparents are the hub generation of intergeneration solidarity. How can our society limit their role to retirement, autonomy and dependence? Feedback on the conclusions of people auditioned in 4 fields:
  1. Grandparents and grandchildren: what can be changed in the code of Civil Procedure?
  2. Grandparents’ donations to their grandchildren. What tax measures can be improved?
  3. 67% of citizens aged 50-64 are working people. How is it possible to enable them to obtain grandparental leave?
  4. Finally, when will there be an ambitious and inclusive family policy in transport and places devoted to leisure activities fully integrating grandparents: adapted tariffs, extended family?

Lunch 12:30-14:00

  • 14:00-14:30 : Grandparents’ Associations at work in the United Kingdom in the light of the current sanitary crisis.
  • 14:30-15:30 : German, Belgian testimonies (to be specified later).
  • 15:30-16:00 : NO! Grandparents are not ordinary citizens! Our society must acknowledge their role. Conclusion of the day and practical proposals to follow.

Our president’s thanks and closing speech.

The event will be broadcasted live on social media. 

More information will be soon available on this page.


Monday, 28 June, 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00
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