Our Work Programme 2018 seeks to help our members support and influence collectively EU internal and external action on non-discrimination and equality with regard to age discrimination and older people’s human rights, building their capacity to explain what is age-discrimination, why and how it should be as firmly combatted as any other ground of discrimination to achieve full respect of the key EU principle of non-discrimination enshrined in Article 10 TFEU.
Together we seek to ensure that older people can benefit from EU legislation/action on an equal basis with other age groups including when they face multiple discrimination on other grounds identified in Art. 19 TFEU, making the pervasive age discrimination that prevails in all areas of life more visible and equally unacceptable as discrimination on other grounds (race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief).
Our action seeks to help the EU maintain and enhance our core European values of non-discrimination and equality, dignity and solidarity as the main priorities guiding all EU external and internal actions (top-down approach).
Our action will also seek to empower older people across the EU to bring topics debated at EU level to the relevant national debates and to influence the position of their national authorities on European dossiers that have an impact on older people’s lives (bottom-up approach).
To prepare will the upcoming EP elections and renewal of the Commission in 2019, we will do our utmost to ensure that age discrimination will receive equal attention in EU and national political groups’ manifestos as other grounds of discrimination, and will become an identified work priority in DG Justice’s future work programme as all other grounds of discrimination listed in the non-discrimination articles of the TFEU.