What does the Commission do to prohibit age discrimination, asks MEP

On 12 April 2020, an MEP from the Dutch party ’50plus’ asked the European Commission how it intends to ban age discrimination. He referred to a study by the Dutch consumer’s organisation Consumentenbond finding that older drivers are paying a surcharge on their insurance premium on the basis of their age, and are sometimes denied insurance.
Mr Toine Manders quoted the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which calls for banning discrimination based on age. The Commission put forward a proposal for a directive in 2008, the Horizontal Anti-discrimination Directive, to apply this principle. However, the Directive is since blocked in the Council of the EU. Mr Manders asked the Commission what it intends to do to unblock the directive.

Read the full question for written answer by Mr Manders

Inclusive Ageing: Reducing Social Exclusion amongst Older People. The Way Ahead – ROSEnet final conference

Closing the four-year work programme of the ROSEnet Cost Action – Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion – the event will present new, evidence-based policy messages adressing old age exclusion and targeting major participation domains: civic; social; economic; services; and neighbourhoods and communities. It will also present a roadmap for research and policy collaboration that advances the capacity of national and EU institutions to manage demographic ageing in a fair and just manner.

The discussions will furthermore assist in informing the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and its principles related to older adult inclusion.

This conference is organised in cooperation with AGE Platform Europe.
Venue: European Committee of the Regions, 99 Rue Belliard, 101, 1040 Bruxelles

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For further information on this event and AGE involvement in ROSEnet, please contact Maciej Kucharczyk, maciej.kucharczyk@age-platform.eu

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19: From disability rights towards a rights-based approach to long-term care in Europe – Joint AGE-European Centre event

The European Centre has recently published a report, ‘Towards a rights-based approach in long-term care: Building an index of rights-based policies for older people in Europe’ which presents the findings of the Rights of Older People Index (ROPI) and the Scoreboard on Outcome Indicators, as well as policy recommendations for twelve EU Member States.

Together with the European Center, AGE is organising an event in the European Parliament to demonstrate why a human rights-based approach is needed in long-term care policies across the EU. Hosted by MEP Milan Brglez (S&D Group), our joint event will also discuss with different stakeholders what practical tools could help in the development and assessment of policies to respond best to the social, economic and political challenges of an ageing population.

Target group: Policy makers, policy experts, NGOs.

View here the agenda

To register, please fill this form by 3 March 2020
(due to the limited capacity of the room, your registration will be confirmed, once you receive the confirmation email, not later than 4 March 2020)

Speakers:

  • MEP Milan Brglez, S&D Group
  • Kai Leichsenring, Executive Director, European Centre
  • Katarina Ivankovic Knezevic, Director for Social Affairs, European Commission
  • Kristoffer Lundberg, Deputy Director, Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
  • Marie-Dominique Parent, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Anne-Sophie Parent, Secretary General, AGE Platform Europe
  • Ricardo Rodrigues, Deputy Director, European Centre
  • Magdi Birtha, Researcher, European Centre

Contact persons:

Magdi Birtha, birtha@euro.centre.org

Julia Wadoux, julia.wadoux@age-platform.eu