Issue 7 November 2012
>> In The Spotlight
European Commission gives prizes for outstanding contributions to the European Year 2012
László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, announced the winners of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Awards at a ceremony which took place on 13 November 2012 in Brussels.
Over 1,300 submissions were received from all over Europe to participate in the Awards.
Winners in the six categories of the competition are:
generations@school - Gravity Racer Project (Huolin Koulu School, Finland).
Journalism – Written: The Generation Gap (JP/Politiken Hus, Denmark).
Audiovisual: The Senior at Work (Cultfiction Oy, Finland).
Individual life-time achievements - Bruno Põder (Kersti Skovgaard, Estonia).
Social Entrepreneurship - Two Generations Share a House (Typhaine de Penfentenyo, France
Age-Friendly Environments - Life-Long Living (Fredericia, Denmark)
Workplace for all Ages - Managing People of Different Ages (Helsingin kaupunki, Henkilöstökeskus, Finland).
For an in-depth presentation of the Awards winners and finalists, please visit this page.
A short summary of the winners and finalists may be downloaded here (pdf).
The official EC press release of the EY2012 Awards is available in EN, FR, DE, DA, FI and ET.
Click here for pictures of the Awards Ceremony and here to see the webstreaming of the event.
Video presentations of the winners available in the EY2012 Multimedia section.
Closing conference of the European Year 2012
The European Commission’s Closing Conference of the European Year 2012 will take place in Nicosia on 10 December, organised by the Cyprus EU Presidency. The event will be opened by Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (tbc), and László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Following, there will be a working session where recent evidence from research will be presented, including results of the Active Ageing Index. The conference will also include a panel in which policy makers and stakeholders will present concrete examples on how the guiding principles for active ageing can be implemented and a debate around the main achievements of the European Year and the way forward.
The ceremony will be transmitted live online in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Greek. For more information and detailed agenda, please visit this page.
>> Country Highlights
National events to close the European Year 2012
Closing ceremonies for the European Year 2012 are being staged in all Member States to celebrate the achievements of these months and to announce follow-up activities to ensure a lasting impact of the Year. Some of the events with dates already confirmed are: Belgium (27 November), Sweden and United Kingdom (29 November), Portugal (3 December), Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy
and Malta (4 December), Greece (7 December), Germany and Luxembourg (10 December), Czech Republic (11 December), Finland and Latvia (12 December), Ireland (13 December), Slovak Republic (13-14 December), Estonia and Poland
Please check out the Events calendar in the EY2012 website to find out the specific details and the dates of other closing ceremonies to be announced in the following days.
Closing ceremony of the European Year 2012 in Austria
"Active ageing means more than just working longer”, remarked Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, at the closing ceremony of the European Year 2012 in Austria. Held on 7 November at the Odeon Theatre
in Vienna, the event was attended by 200 guests, who expressed their hope that the promotion of projects and policies related to
active ageing will continue far beyond this year.
During the event the “Senior friendly communities Austria 2012" awards were given to communities that have distinguished themselves promoting initiatives and projects for the elderly.
Closing conference of the European Year 2012 in Slovenia
The closing conference of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Slovenia took place on
5 November in the Congress Centre Brdo pri Kranju. The event, organised by Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, and the Anton Trstenjak Institute, gathered more than 300 participants, representatives of ministries, senior and non-governmental sector organisations, as well as experts in the fields of active ageing and intergenerational cooperation.
President Danilo Türk, honorary sponsor of the EY2012 in Slovenia, pointed out in his speech the need for cooperation between generations. The intergenerational bridge “must be firm and fair”, he said.
>> Active Agers
Seniorforce Days in 25 countries across Europe to celebrate the power of senior volunteering
European Seniorforce Day events were staged across all Member States around October 1, the International Day of Older Persons, as a way to engage and harness the power of senior volunteers. The idea behind this initiative held in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations is to mobilise people 60+ who have plenty to offer their families and communities and to find ways to utilise the potential of this formidable force.
With over 11,000 participants, the Seniorforce Day initiative has received a wide support all over Europe. Presidents, ministers, high-level officials, NGO representatives, scientists and EY2012 Ambassadors took part in the 25 events promoted by the European Commission to honour senior volunteers.
>> Be Inspired
To mark the European Year 2012 and as part of its continuing commitment to the community, the Porto Branch of the Portuguese Red Cross launched the "I Help with My T-Shirt and You?" campaign in April 2012. The challenge of creating the Red Cross Solidarity
T-Shirts was given to renowned fashion designers Anabela Baldaque, Miguel Vieira and Nuno Gama.
The OOPOEH Dutch Foundation aims to match senior citizens who seek companionship and activity to families looking for a pet sitter. OOPOEH addresses the potential of the elderly by emphasising the important role they have in the lives of pets and families, and helps them to build self-confidence, engagement and pride.
The city of Munich is participating actively in the promotion of the values and goals of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Under the auspices of Mayor Christine Strobl, the city is offering a total of 205 senior-related events, put together with the collaboration of a variety of organisations.
Feeding Love volunteers are mostly active grandmothers, who each season prepare and give to large families in Hungary traditional preserves, pickles, jams and juices made with the fruits and vegetables form their gardens.
As a commitment to the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Denmark's National Board of Social Services has organised the competition The City of All Generations. The aim of the contest is to find the most age-friendly Danish city. The winner and finalists will be announced on 4 December 2012 .
>> Save the Date
Madrid - November 22-24, 2012
Brussels - November 27th, 2012
Brussels - November 29th, 2012
Brussels - December 3rd, 2012
Osnabrück - December 5-7, 2012
Barcelona - December 13-14, 2012
Brussels - December 17th, 2012