The Slovene Federation of Pensioners Associations (ZDUS) is one of the largest and oldest NGOs in Slovenia that brings together more than 190.000 members across Slovenia, which is almost 10 % of the entire Slovene population. Although ZDUS is a non-party organisation, it has been trying for years to keep good relations with all political parties, Government representatives and the representatives we elect to represent us in the European Parliament.
ZDUS tries to maintain constant contact with these representatives throughout the year, seeking support on matters that concern older people on national and EU level. The latter is most intensive during campaigning period and after elections.
We must say that, as older people represent a very large group of loyal voters, the interest for cooperation is mutual. This year was no exception.
The new 2019-2024 term has brought some new faces to our European political field and this was a reason more to establish immediate contact during the campaign period and especially after elections. ZDUS wrote to all elected Slovene MEPs, congratulated them for the elections and alerted them that we need their support to re-establish the Intergroup for Demographic Changes and Solidarity between Generations.
We took advantage that all of them spoke about demographic challenges during campaign period and manifested that they are fully aware that Europe is ageing and that we need policies that will adapt to such rapid changes. We extended our hand for cooperation on these matters and we were greeted with more than a welcome.
In a matter of 14 days all the MEPs gave support for the re-establishment of the group and some proposed to meet us personally in the following days.
Slovene MEP’s that support the re-establishment of the Intergroup for Demographic Change and Solidarity between Generations are (in alphabetical order): Franc Bogovič (EPP), Milan Brglez (S&D), Tanja Fajon (S&D), Klemen Grošelj (Renew Europe), Irena Joveva (Renew Europe), Ljudmila Nova (EPP), Romana Tomc (EPP) and Milan Zver (EPP).
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.
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’.
Send the original by internal mail to Philippe Seidel (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.