2010/0242(COD)

European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)

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2010/0242(COD) European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)
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Opinion CULT TAKKULA Hannu (ALDE)
Lead EMPL KASTLER Martin (EPP)
Opinion FEMM
Opinion LIBE
Opinion REGI VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert (EPP)
Lead committee dossier: EMPL/7/03709
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 153-p2
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    • DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, ANDOR László
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    • COM(2010)0462 summary
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AmendmentsDossier
245 2010/0242(COD) European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)
2010/10/12 CULT 40 amendments...
source: PE-454.461
2010/11/11 CULT 6 amendments...
source: PE-452.767
2010/11/12 REGI 14 amendments...
source: PE-452.779
2010/12/14 REGI 26 amendments...
source: PE-454.569
2011/01/06 EMPL, EMPL 24 amendments...
source: PE-454.625
2011/02/15 EMPL 135 amendments...
source: PE-458.631

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    • Ministers adopted a general approach on a draft decision designating 2012 as the European Year of active ageing (see Council Doc. 16511/10), pending the adoption of the European Parliament's opinion at first reading.

      The draft decision is aimed to strengthen intergenerational solidarity by increasing awareness of the contribution of older people to society and by spreading innovative measures which could help to mobilise the full potential of the growing population in their late 50s and above. It seeks to stimulate debate and develop mutual learning between member states in order to promote active ageing policies, and it offers a framework for commitment and concrete action to enable Member States and stakeholders to develop policies through specific activities.

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    • The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs unanimously adopted the report by Martin KASTLER (EPP, DE) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012). The committee recommends that the European Parliament's position in first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure make certain the following amendments to the Commission proposal

      Title of the Year: Members want the initiative to stress intergenerational solidarity and accordingly, they have re-named the Year 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations', with the subheading 'Maintaining the vitality and respecting the dignity of all'.

      Objectives: the overall purpose of the European Year is to facilitate the creation of a sustainable active ageing culture in Europe based on a society for all ages and on solidarity between generations. In this framework, the European Year shall encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners, businesses and civil society, including religious organisations and associations active in combating poverty and social exclusion, to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of the rapidly growing population in their late 50s and above, thereby maintaining the vitality of older people, enhancing their social participation, promoting the positive perception of older people in the society, creating a barrier-free society for all ages and fostering solidarity and cooperation between generations. In order to do so, it is essential for the European Year to support and make the most of initiatives that take account of the specific needs of older people, including those at local and regional level.

      Members state that active ageing means creating better education, training and lifelong learning possibilities and better opportunities and age-friendly working conditions to enable older workers to play their part in the labour market, supporting the role of older people in family life and voluntary activities and their active participation in society, combating age discrimination and prejudice and eliminating negative stereotypes, fighting poverty and social exclusion, encouraging healthy ageing with dignity and facilitating it through preventive measures and access to quality health and social services..

      Specific objectives: Members insert some new specific objectives for the Year which may be summarised as follows :

      • to raise general awareness among the population of the value of active ageing and solidarity between generations, maintaining the vitality and respecting the dignity of all people, to combat ageism and negative stereotypes about old age, to remove barriers and recognise the diversity within all age groups, and to do more to mobilise the potential of older persons regardless of their ethnic or cultural origin;
      • to exchange information and to develop mutual learning between Member States and stakeholders, in order to promote active ageing policies, to promote sustainable and safe pension systems in Europe ;  to raise the appreciation of and to bring about better overall recognition of and support for the contribution of older people to economic and social development in Europe;
      • to promote activities stimulating the development of comprehensive age management strategies related to employment and work, activities facilitating the introduction of consistent family-friendly policies which can have a meaningful impact on demographic trends, activities highlighting the importance of prevention of health problems and healthy lifestyles;
      • to introduce or to strengthen structural fiscal policies in favour of non-profit organisations.

      Amongst the concrete actions proposed by the committee, Members stress: i) information and also  mentoring and training campaigns which are adapted to national, regional or local circumstances  ii) exchange of experience and good practices,  including through the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), networks of contacts set up by stakeholders working to achieve the goals of the European Year and between local representatives iii) research and surveys focusing on the economic and social impact of promoting active ageing and of active-ageing-friendly policies.

      When implementing these activities Members state that attention should be paid, on a horizontal basis, to preventative health-care oriented towards healthy ageing and to involving all generations in the pursuit of the objectives of the European Year, in particular by encouraging the participation of ageing and young people in common initiatives. The Commission and Member States shall be encouraged to provide greater opportunities for those who volunteer to support elderly people and who engage in fund raising programmes. Furthermore, they shall take account of the need to integrate the specificities of the situation of women and men and the need for all generations to be involved. Special attention shall be paid to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, as well as to combating all forms of discrimination to which older persons may be subject.

      Decentralised approach: the initiatives taken in the light of the European Year for Active Ageing will have a decentralised approach and ensure multi-level ownership.

      Implementation: the Commission will implement the Year at European level. Each Member State shall appoint a national coordinator responsible for organising its involvement in the European Year and shall inform the Commission of that appointment. By 30 September 2011, each Member State shall inform the Commission of its work programme, which shall include details of the national activities planned under the European Year.  The national coordinators should work independently, without reflecting solely the views of governments and should also see to it that national activities are and are properly coordinated and that stakeholders, including social partners and civil society organisations are fully involved in the design and implementation of the European Year at local, regional and national level. In order to ensure the participation of a diverse range of organisations, simplified procedures should be available for smaller scale events and operations.

      Budget: Members specify that the financial envelope for the implementation, at Union level, of this decision, is, for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012, at least EUR 6 000 000, of which EUR 2 000 000 shall be reserved for use within the period to 31 December 2011.

      Financial and non-financial support: activities at the Union level may give rise to a procurement contract or the award of grants financed from the general budget of the EU. Where appropriate, programmes and policies in fields which contribute to promoting active ageing, such as employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, education and culture, health, research, the information society, regional policy and transport policy, may support the European Year in accordance with the rules applying and within the existing margins for priority setting. Non-financial support may be granted by the Union for initiatives undertaken by public and private organisations. .

      Participating countries : Participation in the European Year shall also be open to EFTA States that are parties to the EEA Agreement, and to candidate countries,

      International cooperation: the Commission may cooperate with the relevant bodies of other international organisations, in particular with the United Nations and the Council of Europe, in order to increase the Union's effectiveness and to ensure the visibility of its efforts. 

      Report: the Commission's report shall also provide information on how the gender and disability have been mainstreamed in the activities of the European Year and how the European Year has contributed towards developing a sustainable active aging culture across Europe.

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    • PURPOSE : to designate 2012 as the 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations'.  

      LEGISLATIVE ACT : Decision No 940/2011/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012).

      BACKGROUND : ageing is undoubtedly a challenge for the whole of society and for all generations in Europe, and it is also a matter for intergenerational solidarity and for the family.

      The part of the population of the Union comprised of people in their late 50s and over will increase at a much faster rate than ever before. Successive European Councils have recognised the need to tackle the effect of ageing populations on European social models. A key response to this rapid change in the age structure consists in promoting the creation of a culture of active ageing as a lifelong process and thus ensuring that the rapidly-growing population comprised of people who are currently in their late 50s and over, who are, on the whole, healthier and better educated than any such age group before them, have good opportunities for employment and active participation in social and family life, including through volunteering, lifelong learning, cultural expression and sports.

      The Council adopted, on 7 June 2010, Conclusions on 'Active Ageing' inviting the Commission 'to pursue the reparation of a European Year for Active Ageing in 2012, during which the benefits of active ageing and its contribution to solidarity between generations can be highlighted and promising initiatives in support of active ageing at all levels can be publicised'.

      The European Parliament adopted, on 11 November 2010, a Resolution entitled 'Demographic challenge and solidarity between generations', calling on Member States to make active ageing one of the priorities for the coming years. The resolution also stressed that the European Year should, in particular, highlight the contribution that older people make to society and afford opportunities to foster solidarity, cooperation and understanding between generations and to get younger and older people to work together.

      The designation of a 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012) fulfills this request.

      CONTENT : through this Decision, the European Parliament and Council establish a 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)

      Objectives: the overall objective of the European Year shall be to facilitate the creation of an active ageing culture in Europe based on a society for all ages. The European Year shall encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners, civil society and the business community, including small and medium-sized enterprises, to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of the rapidly growing population in their late 50s and over.

      In doing so, it shall:

      • foster solidarity and cooperation between generations, taking into account diversity and gender equality;
      • promote active ageing by creating better opportunities so that older women and men can play their part in the labour market, combating poverty, particularly that of women, and social exclusion, fostering volunteering and active participation in family life and society and encouraging healthy ageing in dignity;
      • aim to adapt working conditions, combating negative age stereotypes and age discrimination, improving health and safety at work, adapting lifelong learning systems to the needs of an ageing workforce and ensuring that social protection systems are adequate and provide the right incentives.

      Specific objectives : on this basis, the objectives of the European Year shall be:

      • to raise general awareness of the value of active ageing and its various dimensions and to ensure that it is accorded a prominent position on the political agendas of stakeholders at all levels in order to highlight the useful contribution that older people make to society and the economy, and to do more to mobilise the potential of older people, regardless of their origin, and to enable them to lead an independent life;
      • to stimulate debate, to exchange information and to develop mutual learning between Member States and stakeholders at all levels in order to promote active ageing policies, to identify and disseminate good practice and to encourage cooperation and synergies;
      • to offer a framework for commitment and concrete action, with the involvement of civil society, the social partners and businesses and to develop innovative solutions, policies and long-term strategies, including comprehensive age-management strategies related to employment and work, through specific activities;
      • to promote activities which will help to combat age discrimination, to overcome age-related stereotypes and to remove barriers, particularly with regard to employability.

      The Decision sets out the measures to be taken to achieve the objectives above, the main ones being as follows: (i) conferences, events and initiatives, to promote debate contributing to sustained and lasting impacts; (ii) information, promotion and educational campaigns, making use of multimedia; (iii) exchange of information, experience and good practice; (iv) research and surveys on a Union, national or regional scale.

      When implementing these activities, the Decision provides that attention shall be paid to involving all generations in particular by encouraging the participation of older and younger people in common initiatives. Efforts shall be made to ensure that all activities of the European Year addressed to the wider public are easily accessible to all, including persons with disabilities.

      Coordination with Member States and at EU level: each Member State shall appoint a national coordinator to be responsible for organising its involvement in the European Year.  The national coordinators shall also see to it that national activities of the European Year are properly coordinated and may also promote and facilitate local and regional activities in this context, and foster the involvement of civil society, in the activities of the European Year.

      The Commission shall implement the European Year at the level of the Union. It shall convene meetings of the national coordinators and shall facilitate and support the activities of the European Year at national, regional and local level, including by proposing, where appropriate, new pathways and tools for the achievement of the objectives of the European Year and their evaluation.

      Priority given to the Year by the Commission and the European Parliament: the Decision provides that the theme of the European Year shall be made a priority by the Commission in the communication activities of its representations in the Member States and by relevant key Union-level networks receiving support for their running costs from the general budget of the Union in their work programmes.

      The European Parliament, Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions shall be associated in the activities of the European Year.

      Financial and non-financial support: activities that occur at the level of the Union may give rise to a procurement contract or the award of grants financed from the general budget of the Union.

      Where appropriate, programmes and policies in fields which contribute to the promotion of active ageing, such as employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, education and culture, health, research, the information society, regional policy and transport policy may support the European Year, in accordance with the applicable rules and within their existing possibilities for priority setting.

      Non-financial support may be granted by the Union for activities undertaken by public and private organisations.

      Budget: the financial envelope for the implementation, at the level of the Union, of the Year for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012, shall be EUR 5 000 000.

      In a joint Interinstitutional declaration, it is stipulated that EUR 2.3 million will be used from the budget 2011 without utilizing available margins to fund notably communication activities and EU conferences for the European Year, and at least EUR 2.7 million, which shall be reprioritised from existing resources without utilizing the existing margins, will be reserved and made visible in a budget line in the draft budget 2012.

      Participating countries: participation in the European Year shall be open to:(a) Member States;(b) candidate countries;(c) the countries of the Western Balkans; and (d) European Free Trade Association States that are parties to the European Economic Area Agreement.

      International cooperation: for the purpose of the European Year, the Commission may cooperate with relevant international organisations, in particular with the United Nations and the Council of Europe, while ensuring the visibility of the Union's efforts to promote active ageing.

      Report: the Decision provides that by 30 June 2014, the Commission shall submit a report containing an overall assessment of the initiatives provided for in the Decision with details of implementation and results to serve as a basis for future Union policies, measures and actions in this field. It must also provide information on how gender equality has been mainstreamed in the activities of the European Year and how the accessibility of those activities for persons with disabilities has been ensured.

      ENTRY INTO FORCE : the Decision will enter into force on 24 September 2011.

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