Active Senior Citizens for an Age-Friendly EU – ASCE project conference – Monday 08 December 2014
Ellen Reddin, represented Age Friendly Ireland at the Active Senior Citizens for Europe project, a project which was managed by Active Retirement Ireland and Age & Opportunity and was part of a European initiative along with seven other EU countries under the auspices of AGE Platform Europe. Ellen was invited to speak at the final conference on ‘Active Senior Citizens for an Age Friendly EU’ which was hosted by AGE Platform Europe, the Active Senior Citizens for Europe project and MEP Eduard Kukan and was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 8th December 2014. The aim of the conference was to build on the mobilization around the European elections and the nomination of a new college of Commissioners to give directly a voice to active senior citizens, so they can share their views with recently elected MEPs.
The focus of the work of the project which brought together older people from Active Retirement Associations & other organisations across Europe, was to create a greater understanding of how the EU works and to create an opportunity for older people to meet and discuss issues with their MEPs. Ellen highlighted the importance of MEPs working with older people in their constituency to hear their issues and concerns and to ensure that older people are kept informed of the work going on in the EU to support the rights of older people. President of Age Platform Marjan Sedmark referred to the volunteer work of retired people within their own countries, and the need to value and promote this at EU level as a major contribution to society and to minimising age discrimination. Marjan closed by wishing Ellen a very Happy Birthday.