Meet the MEPs that support the Intergroup on Demographic Change and Solidarity Between Generations

Multiple MEPs have already vowed to support the re-establishment of an Intergroup on Demographic change and Solidarity between generations.

If you are an MEP and want to support the Intergroup, follow these few easy steps or directly sign this form and send the original by internal mail to MEP Brando Benifei’s office (N° 15G210).

Would you prefer to meet AGE Platform Europe first, please email Philippe Seidel or Estelle Huchet to arrange a meeting in Brussels.

A new EU Vice-President Commissioner for Democracy and Demography

For the first time ever, a Vice-President in charge of Democracy and Demography has been designated by the European Commission President-elect. Dubravka Šuica, from Croatia, will lead the Commission’s work on ensuring that Europe understands and responds to one of its deepest lying challenges: demographic change. This nomination echoes AGE’s call for a dedicated Commissioner as part of a comprehensive EU Strategy on demographic change and solidarity between generations.

Particularly to be welcomed is the comprehensive approach described in VP Šuica’s mission letter, with a focus on the long-term impact of demographic ageing on care and pensions, as well as on the impact on the different groups in society and on the areas and regions that are the most affected. The mission letter outlines a number of key policy actions, in line with what AGE has been advocating for, such as the need to foster active ageing, improve work-life balance and develop a long-term vision for rural areas.

The nomination of dedicated EU Vice-President to coordinate EU work on demographic change echoes the letter sent by AGE in July to Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission.

In its letter to Dr. von der Leyen, AGE called for “an EU strategy on demographic change and solidarity between generations with a dedicated Commissioner’s portfolio to coordinate all EU related actions with an aim of ensuring equality, social justice and prosperity for younger and older generations”.

These nominations still need to be validated by the European Parliament after the hearings of all Vice-President and Commissioner-designates, and before the newly appointed European Commission can start on 1st November 2019.

Read AGE Press Release about Mrs. Šuica’s nomination

Intergroup on Demographic Change and Solidarity between Generations

The campaign for the Intergroup on Demographic Change and Solidarity between Generations is building on the previous intergroups on active ageing, solidarity between generations and family policies, the AGE Manifesto and the manifesto ‘A New Deal for Families of Today‘ of the EU network of family organisations COFACE-Families Europe.

Aim of the intergroup

The intergroup should create a multi-party platform within the European Parliament to discuss the transversal impact of demographic change on public policies and solutions that respect the rights and interests of all generations, while promoting solidarity between generations.

Read the joint letter of AGE Platform Europe and COFACE-Families Europe supporting the intergroup

How to support?

If you are an MEP and want to support the Intergroup…

During November/beginning of December, political groups in the Parliament have different procedures to establish an intergroups, including internal votes. Even if you are not a member of the intergroup, you can support us by voting for ‘Demographic Change and Solidarity between Generations’.

To join the group:

  1. Download and print this form
  2. Fill it in with your details and sign it
  3. Send the original by internal mail to Philippe Seidel (philippe.seidel@age-platform.eu) and to the office of Mr Milan Brglez ( 11G242) via internal mail

The form can also be signed on the occasion of an appointment with AGE Platform Europe secretariat in Brussels. Please email Philippe Seidel to arrange a meeting.

If you are an interested citizen: check out the list of MEPs in your country and contact them to highlight that ageing and family issues are worth to be supported by an intergroup, referencing this website.

Check the list of MEPs that already support us!

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