AGE elections toolkit: how to lead your national campaign

AGE Platform Europe has released its European Elections toolkit for senior citizens’ organisations. In the toolkit, we develop a few ideas of what you could take part in the public debates that will take place with candidates during the campaign for the elections of the European Parliament.

  1. Stay informed about the parties’ manifestos and candidates
  2. Share AGE Manifesto and/or set up your own
  3. Meet with national candidates standing for elections
  4. Organise debates, hearings, and conferences with candidates
  5. Team up with other NGOs at national and local level
  6. Join ‘This Time, I’m Voting’, the campaign of the Parliament
  7. Be visible, be vocal (incl. in the press and on social media)

AGE encourages its member organisations to engage with candidates to ensure that newly elected MEPs will take up challenges related to ageing demographics and address pervasive ageism in partnership with older persons’ organisations in the next parliamentary term 2019-2024.

AGE European Elections Toolkit

The Toolkit also provides:

  1. Tools and templates to get you hands on!
  2. Background information about the European Parliament
  3. Links to Manifestos of major European Parties

Relevant links:

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