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Launching of the EU Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012

January 18th 2012

The European Year 2012 has been launched today at an Opening Conference on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Denmark.

Today, the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has launched the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 within a High-Level Conference in Copenhagen entitled Stay active - what does it take?.

The conference addresses important issues such as the way in which innovation can help overcome some of the difficulties posed to Europe by an ageing population in fields like employment, health and social affairs. The event is organised in close cooperation with the European Commission by the Danish Ministry of Employment, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and the Ministry of Health.

2012 has been designated as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations by decision of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, following a proposal of the European Commission. This decision acknowledges and reacts to the fact that the European Union is in a process of significant population ageing.

The purpose of the European Year is to encourage and support Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners and the broader civil society to:

  • Promote active ageing (e.g. stay in the workforce longer, keep playing an active role in society, seek to maintain a healthy lifestyle, etc.);
  • Actively pursue the mobilisation of the potential of the rapidly growing population in their late 50s and above; and
  • Therefore, promote and preserve a sense of solidarity between generations in a society in which the number of older people is accelerating.

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Equinet welcomes the launch of the new European year and seeks to support the work being done to achieve the aims highlighted above as well as calls attention to the crucial importance of equality and non-discrimination policies and practices in making these a reality in its recently published perspective on Tackling Ageism and Discrimination.

This perspective draws directly from the work and experiences of national equality bodies (NEBs) in implementing the EU equal treatment legislation at Member State level. The perspective builds on the results of a survey of NEBs regarding their work on ageism and age discrimination as well as the meeting and continued contribution of members of the Equinet Working Group on Policy Formation.

The publication can be downloaded in English and French by following this link. It can also be ordered in hardcopy free of charge by using this form.