Voices of older Germans: vote for Europe in the EU elections

German AGE member BAGSO, the federal working group of senior citizen’s organisations, has called on all voters to decide on the future of Europe. BAGSO published video statements from different older persons, and its own election manifesto.

Franz Müntefering, BAGSO president

Franz Müntefering, BAGSO president and former federal minister declared: ‘Europe is the story of our lives, of my generation. We have seen that Europe could care for peace, well-being and solidarity in many aspects, and this should continue to be the case. Our children can have a good future if we strengthen a democratic Europe. My call is to go and vote on 26 May, for a strong majority of democratic parties. Do not let narrow-minded nationalism and injustice win.’

Representatives of BAGSO on their vision of Europe

BAGSO also made older people speak for their own vision of Europe: ’75 years of peace in Europe, this has never been seen before’ / ‘I have witnessed the war’ / ‘I lived in ruins, my father never returned from war’ / ‘Germany was still in conflict with all neighbours by then’ / ‘It is a miracle how well we live together nowadays’ / ‘We have fought for Europe to be a big house for all’ / ‘We have witnessed borders.’ / ‘We do not want to see borders any longer’.

View the full video statements and BAGSO’s electoral manifesto here.

Work-life balance, women in poverty and gender pension gap: gender equality on the agenda of European Parliament and Council

While the Parliament has put emphasis on the fight against poverty of women in a recent report, the Council of ministers of social affairs has also supported action to fight poverty of women in conclusions negotiated under the Slovakian presidency. The Council calls for the implementation of the Commission’s roadmap on work-life balance, the proposed European pillar of social rights, and to include two new indicators on the at-risk-of poverty rate of migrant women and of inactive women, including by age groups. The Parliament went further and supports the call for recognising care periods through care leave arrangements, employee-driven flexible working time, care credits in pension schemes and supporting services. AGE welcomes many of the points taken up by the Parliament and the Council, but considers that some points are missing. Continue reading “Work-life balance, women in poverty and gender pension gap: gender equality on the agenda of European Parliament and Council”

European Parliament endorses EU directive for web accessibility of public websites

On 26th October 2016, the European Parliament approved the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. The new rules establish a set of criteria and technical provisions to enable everyone, including people with disabilities (in particular vision or hearing impairments), to have access to online data and services provided by public sector bodies.

Read more on the European Commission website

This rewards AGE Platform Europe’s campaign, started several years ago together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Organisation representing Consumers in Standardisation (ANEC), in favour of a binding legislation on web accessibility. Our common objective was to ensure that public sector websites and websites delivering basic services to citizens are made accessible to all.

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