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Issue 8 December 2012

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The European Commission celebrates the closing ceremony of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations


The European Commission’s closing event of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 was held on December 10th in Nicosia, organised by the Cyprus EU Presidency. The event brought together high level EU and national policy makers, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to celebrate the achievements of these months and to announce follow-up activities to ensure a lasting impact of the Year.

In his opening address László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said that the European Year has been an important milestone in the efforts to support the development of active ageing policies and initiatives. He also admitted to be “impressed by the commitment and innovative ideas shown by hundreds of organisations, companies and individuals across Europe who have increased older people's opportunities to keep working and participate in the economy and society”. “It makes me confident that we can succeed in tackling the challenges of population ageing. I encourage you to keep up your efforts after the European Year is over", said Mr. Andor.

Click here to see a video of the panel debate “Building on the achievements of the European Year 2012: What has been achieved and what is the way forward?”, with the participation of Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People of Ireland, and Sotiroula Charalambous, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance of Cyprus.

The Council of the European Union adopts the Guiding Principles for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

The Council of the European Union adopted on 6th December the Guiding Principles for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, which should serve as a checklist for national authorities and other stakeholders on what needs to be done to promote active ageing beyond the European Year 2012. Each of the 19 Guiding Principles, jointly agreed by the Social Protection and the Employment Committees, relate to one of the three dimensions of active ageing promoted during the European Year: employment, social participation and independent living.

The Gudining Principles, which are annexed to the Council declaration on the European Year 2012 (17468/12), are not prescriptive. It is a task of national governments, regions, cities, companies, trade unions, civil society organisations and others to make use of them according to their specific situation and challenges. “The legacy of the European Year 2012 needs to be preserved and further developed at European, national, regional and local level, along the lines outlined in the Guiding Principles for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations”, recommends the Council.

 

Active Ageing Index 2012 launched at the European Year closing conference

Sweden, Finland and Denmark, followed by the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom, come at the top of the Active Ageing Index 2012, presented on 10th December in Cyprus at the Closing Conference of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The index also shows that a majority of the Central and Eastern European countries as well as Malta and Greece have lots of space for improvement when it comes to their active ageing policies.

Developed by the European Centre Vienna, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) and the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a newly developed tool that offers national and European policy makers a way to measure the untapped potential of the older population.  


New Eurobarometer shows that the majority of Europeans believe that being over 55 is a disadvantage when applying for a job

The European Commission published on 22nd November 2012 a new Eurobarometer survey, which looks into attitudes and perceptions
of Europeans towards discrimination, based on different grounds (such as age, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability).

The age-related results of this Eurobarometer highlight that the economic crisis is contributing to an increase of perceived discrimination in the labour market, especially for older persons - more than two-third of Europeans (67%) believe the economic crisis is contributing to more discrimination against “older” workers (those aged over 55).

 

The European Commission announces the winners of the European Year 2012 generations@school competition

The European Commission invited schools to participate in a competition in order to discover the best generations@school projects. From March 1st to June 30th, participants (a class or a school) could upload images, drawings, testimonies and stories of their experience on the dedicated section of the project’s website. The most creative and innovative generations@school project from each Member State has been honoured with an award.


>> 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. The first closing event was held on 5th November in Slovenia, and the last ones will be in the Netherlands and Hungary in the first weeks of 2013.

Click on the following headlines for the details:

Austria: The closing ceremony of the European Year 2012 in Austria invites to continue building on active ageing awareness
Belgium: Belgium’s closing conference brings together more than 180 participants to celebrate the European Year 2012
Bulgaria: The closing conference of the European Year in Bulgaria aims at “Adding life to years, not years to life”
Czech Republic: The Czech Republic closes the European Year 2012 with a call to continue inspiring seniors to live actively
Denmark: Denmark caps off the European Year 2012 with the “Active in life - Generations meeting” conference
Finland: Finland celebrates the end of a successful and active European Year 2012
Germany: “I cannot remember that so much attention had been paid to any European Year before”, says Ursula Lehr at the Closing Event in Germany of the EY2012
Greece: Greece closes the European Year 2012 with a moving intergenerational event in Athens
Ireland: European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 leaves lasting legacy as Ireland enters EU Presidency
Italy: Prime Minister Mario Monti participates in the closing event of the European Year in Rome
Latvia: The European Year Ambassadors, honoured at the closing ceremony of the EY2012 in Latvia
Lithuania: Lithuania celebrates the end of the European Year 2012 reminding that it is crucial to support initiatives in the field of active ageing
Luxembourg: Luxembourg closes the European Year 2012 as their “first step toward active ageing actions”
Malta: The closing event of the European Year 2012 in Malta celebrates the essential role of seniors in society
Poland: : Minister Kosiniak-Kamysz closes the European Year 2012 in Poland and says "we are at the beginning of the road" of solidarity between generations
Portugal: Portugal celebrates the national closing event of an inspiring European Year 2012
Romania: Success stories of the European Year for Active Ageing 2012 at the Romanian closing event
Slovakia: The National Closing Conference of the European Year 2012 in Slovakia invites to debate about intergenerational dialogue
Slovenia: Closing conference of the European Year 2012 in Slovenia
Spain: More that 400 participants gather in Zaragoza to celebrate the national closing conference of the European Year 2012 in Spain
Sweden: Sweden celebrates the closure of the European Year by showcasing initiatives launched in 2012 and setting the path to 2013
United Kingdom: Wales hosts the Closing Conference of the European Year 2012 in the United Kingdom


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>> Be Inspired

ShineOn - Young designers and elderly work together to develop a fashion collection

ShineOn is a project implemented in Finland by two young German fashion designers, Celine David and Linn Annen, who have developed a collection of clothes and accessories in collaboration with elderly people. The results were presented in a fashion show on 29th September in Helsinki with the support of the Goethe Institute.

Connect Latvia!

“Connect Latvia!” is a socially targeted project which is being conducted for the fourth consecutive year by Lattelecom, the largest electronic services provider in Latvia. The project teaches seniors basic computer and internet skills, such as switching on a PC, searching for information on the web, using e-mail and Skype.

Ask the Scientists

“Ask the scientists” is a project launched in 2012 by the Centre for Senior Policy in Norway in cooperation with the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research. The aim of the initiative is to make the knowledge and experiences of the Fafo Institute researchers available to whoever has a question.

European Voices for Active Ageing (EVAA)

The EVAA project aims to give hundreds of adults aged 50+ a voice about active ageing in Europe by promoting forums to exchange views and discover new approaches to addressing key related issues.

 

>> Save the Date


Conference on the role of pension funds in active ageing and solidarity between generations

Brussels - January 21st, 2013

Senior Entrepreneurs and Youth Employment Conference

Brussels - April 1st, 2013

 

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