AGE elections toolkit: how to lead your national campaign

AGE Platform Europe has released the European Parliament Elections toolkit for senior citizens’ organisations. In the toolkit, the role and the power of the EP is explained, and proposals are made on how national campaigns could be led. Proposals are:

  • Stay informed about your national parties’ demands and actions
  • Set up your own manifesto
  • Write letters and emails to candidates
  • Organise public debates or hearings with different candidates
  • Join the institutional campaign: ‘This Time, I’m Voting’
  • Use social media to spread your messages and explain the importance of including them in the campaign
  • Join the elections campaigns of other EU networks

AGE members [should] encourage older citizens in their countries to take part in these elections, and ensure that candidates understand the challenges related to the ageing population and most of all the daily realities and needs of older people. As a civil society organisation defending the rights of older people in your country, […] seize that opportunity to raise awareness among the candidates of the issues that concern older people.

AGE EP Elections Toolkit

What Europe does for me? – European Parliament launches new website

While the European elections are getting closer, the European Parliament has launched a new multi-lingual interactive website to illustrate concretely what difference the EU is making in the lives of Europeans.

How does Europe affect our everyday lives? How does it impact our jobs, our families, our health care, our hobbies, our journeys, our security, our consumer choices and our social rights? And how is Europe present in our towns, cities and regions? The portal What Europe Does For Me provides answer to those questions through three different chapters:

  • In my region: this section lists the different initiatives supported by the EU in over 1 400 regions and cities across the European Union.
  • In my life: the section provides a snapshot of EU action for citizens, as individuals, through a series of short notes with concrete examples. Some of them may be of particular interest to older persons, such as: Seniors using e-health services, Pensioners, Vulnerable pedestrians, Patients in rural areas, Train passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility, People with Alzheimer’s, People with disabilities, Older workers, Payment card users, People suffering from loneliness, Informal carers, Vulnerable consumers, etc.
  • In focus: longer briefing papers on EU policies explore some EU achievements and the outlook for the future action in selected policy areas.

This website, which will be complemented with more material in more EU languages over the coming months, also reminds that “Europe, or ‘Brussels’, cannot decide things on its own or in a vacuum. And the EU can only act when a goal can be best achieved together than by individual countries acting independently.”

Access here the portal What Europe Does For You

Read more in the European Parliament’s press release