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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.
High-level representatives of the European Institutions, EY2012 stakeholders, members from local, regional and national organisations, as well as academics and journalists attended the event held at the Charlemagne Building.
"The commitment and innovative ideas shown by the prize winners, and thousands of others who work for a better and more inclusive society, give me confidence that we can successfully tackle the challenges of population ageing", said Commissioner Andor.
Over 1,300 submissions were received from all over Europe to participate in the Awards. Winners in the six categories of the competition are:
Written: The Generation Gap (JP/Politiken Hus, Denmark). Four journalists at Politiken focused on how younger and older generations try to function together.
Audiovisual: The Senior at Work (Cultfiction Oy, Finland). An 18-part reality TV series on public channel Yle TV1 about people who choose not to retire.
The European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations has aimed at raising awareness of these issues and promoted measures that create more and better opportunities for older people to remain active and independent and to ensure genuine two-way solidarity between generations.
The Awards Scheme reflects the three dimensions of the active ageing approach promoted in the course of the European Year 2012: employment, social participation and independent living.
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).
Video presentations of the winners available in the EY2012 Multimedia section.