European Parliament Approves Re-establishment of Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity

The European Parliament has this week given its final approval on the establishment of a series of “intergroups,” including an Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. Intergroups are gatherings of MEPs for the purpose of holding informal exchanges on particular subjects and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society. Whilst they are not formal European Parliament bodies and don’t express the Parliament’s opinion, they can be a useful platform for focusing opinion when the need arises.

The pan European NGO network, the AGE Platform Europe, has warmly welcomed the re-establishment of the Intergroup dealing with ageing and intergenerational solidarity as has TAEN.

TAEN – The Age and Employment Network in the UK has in the past worked with the AGE Platform and NGOs throughout Europe and now looks forward to working with MEPs to help Europe address its demographic challenge in a positive way.

Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Secretary General commented, “The re-establishment of this long-standing Intergroup is a big success for older citizens and their organisations. We have been working hard with our member organisations across the EU to raise awareness among new Members of the European Parliament and Commissioners on the need to address Europe’s demographic challenge in a way that is fair and sustainable for all generations.

She continued, “We agree with President Juncker’s acknowledgement that Europe has not done enough yet to address population ageing and we believe the Intergroup will help the European Parliament voice older citizens’ concerns and recommendations in  EU policy debates that seek to help Member States address their demographic challenges”.

TAEN will be working with the AGE Platform Europe to monitor and report on the Intergroup’s activities.

Read the Age Platform’s blog “Toward an Age-Friendly European Parliament” www.towardsanagefriendlyep.com.