The EU should lead internationally on the human rights of older persons, asks MEP Jordi Cañas

Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Jordi Cañas (Renew Europe), has brought forward a written question to the Vice-President of the European Commission and High-Representative for External Affairs, Josep Borrell. He asks the EU to ‘drive the initiative of a UN Convention on the rights of older persons’. He underlines that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the existing legislative framework is not sufficient to promote and ensure the protection of human rights of older persons.

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MEP Jordi Cañas (Spain/Renew Europe)
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‘Old continent growing older’: EP sketches out an ambitious agenda for coherent ageing policies

The European Parliament has recently adopted a major resolution, ‘Old continent growing older’, which addresses a number of important issues in relation to ageing. Adopted by a large majority, the resolution aims to contribute to shaping coherent ageing policies, following the release of the Commission’s Green Paper on Ageing and its consultation process.

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MEPs launch a group for Solidarity between Generations in responding to COVID

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that Solidarity between Generations is more needed than ever. MEPs from four political groups launched an interest group on Solidarity between Generations. Lack of resources and preparedness have put the lives of many vulnerable citizens at risk, including many older persons. Families had to and are still stepping in to provide care as schools and long-term care services were closed. These developments emphasize the need for addressing ageing and demographic change in a way that upholds European principles such as human rights, equality and solidarity between generations.

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