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EU launches the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations: Get involved!



Today marks the start of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, with a two-day conference in Copenhagen, organized by the European Commission and the Danish Presidency of the EU.

Conference live streaming

The European Year aims to raise awareness about active ageing, especially in the fields of employment, participation in the society and independent living of older people. The European Year will encourage stakeholders and policymakers to set commitments in these areas and take concrete action. These commitments can range from legislative reform (e.g. remove obstacles that prevent older people from staying in employment), to analysis or public debates, raising awareness, or identifying priorities for action.

The website of the European Year is the place where such commitments can be made public and where inspiration can be found from what is happening elsewhere. At the end of the year, the most successful commitments will be given recognition at national and European level.

László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said: “Active ageing is about helping older people to stay in work and share their experience. It is about them continuing to play an active role in society and living as healthy, independent and fulfilling lives as possible. Active ageing is essential to reach our 75% employment target and to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. The Year calls for action in different areas - employment, social protection, education and training, health and social services, housing and public infrastructure".

Key dates and events related to Active ageing:

  • 18/19 January - EY2012 opening conference in Copenhagen
  • January/February - National opening conferences
  • 14 February - Forum on EY2012 organised by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels
  • March - Media conference "Reporting on ageing and solidarity between generations" in Brussels
  • 7 April  - World Health Day on Health and Ageing
  • 29 April - European Day of Solidarity between Generations (promote intergenerational encounters in schools around in the weeks before and after 29 April)
  • 4 June - Conference on "Good governance for Active and Healthy Ageing" in Brussels
  • 19/20 September - UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing in Vienna
  • 1 October - International Day of Older People
  • 4 November - European Demography Forum
  • November - Award Ceremony in Brussels
  • December - Closing conference in Cyprus

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