In 2018, our objectives are to ensure equality for older people in line with Art. 10 and 19 TFEU and promote their right to non discrimination at European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe (CoE) level; monitor and influence EU socio-economic policies to ensure that older women and men’s rights are respected; improve awareness of EU and international laws protecting older people’s rights and voice their concerns at EU/UN/CoE level; promote a positive image of older persons to combat ageism and support equal opportunities for all through age-friendly environments.
Our activities cover policy monitoring/influencing, mutual learning and dissemination on EU/UN/CoE action to combat ageism and support a dignified, active and socially included old age for all. We also support the participation of our members in relevant EU/UN/CoE and national work. Whenever relevant we work in cooperation with other actors.
Our work targets directly our 120 member organisations, 58 Council members, 320 Task Force experts and +/- 3.000 contacts. We seek to improve the lives of the 40 million seniors represented by our members and ultimately the 198 million persons aged 50+ in the EU.
Our action helps increase understanding among EU and national leaders of what is age discrimination; improve understanding among older people of the benefits they can draw from EU/UN/CoE instruments; and increase our members’ capacity to influence the development of EU non-discrimination/equality law and socio-economic policies. Our 2018 special focus is “longer working lives”.
In addition to coordinating our large network, we organise several external events with MEPs, European Commission, CoE and participate in +/- 150 meetings organised by EU/UN/CoE advisory bodies and other NGOs. We issue public reports, policy papers, web articles, monthly newsletters, toolkits and training tools, answer to relevant EC/UN consultations, propose amendments to European Parliament reports, etc.