Civil Society coalition for the European Year of active ageing

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 00:00

The European Commission has declared 2012 European Year of active ageing and intergenerational solidarity, and, as with the current year of volunteering and the previous year against poverty, a group of interested civil society organisations is forming to support the actions in the year, and push for their vision of the theme to be listened to. The European year creates a certain amount of visibility and momentum for the theme in question and can be a good opportunity to lobby and build partnerships at national level. image senior man outdoors

CEDAG attended the 14th September meeting of the burgeoning coalition of European networks for the Year  2012, organised by Age platform which is coordinating the coalition. We attended this meeting as an observer organisation in order to gain information to allow the CEDAG membership to decide whether they wish to join the coalition.

At the meeting, the European Commission first presented its ongoing preparations for the Year 2012, in particular with the national coordinating bodies. In most countries this is housed within a government department, but it is hoped that the ministries will try to construct a structure of stakeholders to support them. If your organisation or your members are involved in any aspect of active ageing or solidarity between the generations, and you wish to be involved or informed, you can find out the contact details for your country here.         (Photo: taoty)                                                                                                                                                                                             

 We would be very interested to know if you are getting in contact, and what level of involvement your coordinating body allows you.

 

 

 

 The Commission reported that it is preparing resources to be ready to launch the year at an event in Copenhagen on January 18-19, including a Eurobarometer survey of active ageing, and a brochure of facts and figures for stakeholders to use. It is also looking for stakeholders to engage with the year, and commit to certain actions which they believe will promote active ageing. 

 

The idea is to compile a user-friendly database of actions and initiatives from the 27 member states from all types of stakeholders – businesses, local government, municipalities, NGOs, etc etc. which can serve as inspiration to counterparts in other parts of the EU (and further afield).

 

This model has already proven successful for other Commission projects, and it is hoped that it is one of many elements which will promote partnership between actors already working in the field, but are perhaps unaware of other actors work, and who could benefit from a more global understanding of what is being done and by whom.

 

The second half of the meeting focused on revising drafts of basic documents in which the coalition wishes to present its vision for the Year, namely a roadmap of 10 pages, and a 2 page « manifesto ». A high profile meeting will be held in the European Parliament on 7th November to launch the manifesto. The main aim is create partnerships making concrete actions to promote active ageing and solidarity between the generations, but coalition members are still encouraged to refine the documents in terms both of content and format. We will send these documents to CEDAG members once the most recent versions are distributed to us.

 

A further meeting of the coalition will be held towards the end of October. Between now and then, we would be keen to hear from CEDAG members about whether they are working on this theme of active ageing at their national or local level. If there is sufficient interest, we will propose forming a CEDAG subgroup in order to join the coalition and be in contact with other European civil society organisations driving the momentum for a society which guarantees dignity and inclusion for people of all ages.

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We would be very interested to know if you are getting in contact, and what level of involvement your coordinating body allows you.

 

 

The Commission reported that it is preparing resources to be ready to launch the year at an event in Copenhagen on January 18-19, including a Eurobarometer survey of active ageing, and a brochure of facts and figures for stakeholders to use. It is also looking for stakeholders to engage with the year, and commit to certain actions which they believe will promote active ageing.