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2010/0242(COD) European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL KASTLER Martin (icon: PPE PPE) CREȚU Corina (icon: S&D S&D), KACIN Jelko (icon: ALDE ALDE), LAMBERT Jean (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CABRNOCH Milan (icon: ECR ECR), LE HYARIC Patrick (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion REGI VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion CULT TAKKULA Hannu (icon: ALDE ALDE) Olga SEHNALOVÁ (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion LIBE
Committee Opinion FEMM
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 153-p2

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2014/09/15
   EC - Follow-up document
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The Commission presents a report on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations has managed to mobilise numerous governmental and non-governmental actors . It has helped convey a more positive image of population ageing by highlighting the potentials of older people and promoting their active participation in society and the economy.

The decision on the EY2012 defined a budget envelope of EUR 5 million for the period between January 2011 and December 2012. No new credits were allocated to the European Year, and the money was taken from existing financial appropriations. The budget for the European Year was mainly used to finance the communication activities of the Year

Most of the activities at the EU-level were designed to support stakeholders in the Member States and facilitate their participation in the European Year. The EU programme was thus implemented in close cooperation with national coordinators for the European Year and the Stakeholder Coalition.

The main activity at European level was a communication and promotional campaign implemented by a contractor. The central hub of this campaign was the European Year website.

Implementation and new initiatives : many Member States and civil society organizations have used the European Year as an opportunity to develop new initiatives or strengthen their existing ones (such as Generations@school ). The activities triggered by the EY2012 demonstrated the development of several new tools, mainly:

· the Guiding Principles on Active Ageing , endorsed by the EU's Social Affairs Ministers on 6 December 2012: the 19 Guiding Principles are structured under the headings of the Year: employment, participation in society, and independent living. They are addressed to Member States and other relevant levels of government and organizations which have a role to play in further improving conditions for active ageing. The application of these Guiding Principles would also contribute to the attainment of the employment and poverty reduction targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, notably as a result of more people being able to work longer and earning better pension entitlements;

· the development of an Active Ageing Index which was developed in close cooperation with the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna). The index measures different dimensions of active ageing and quantifies untapped potentials for each country.

· a covenant of mayors on demographic change : this provides a framework allowing local and regional policy makers to commit to taking new measures in response to ageing. This goal of establishing such a covenant is now being pursued in the context of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) and its action group on ‘Innovation for age-friendly, buildings cities and environments

Policy maker in the Member States are invited to make the most of these tools. The EU will continue to support them. This will take the form of policy guidance , notably in the context of the European Semester, the cycle coordinating economic and budgetary policies in the EU.

Active and healthy ageing is, also one of the investment priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the 2014-2020 programming period.

The independent living pillar of the European Year 2012 : the Commission supports the Social Protection Committee in producing a report on long-term care published in June 2014. It examined how the gap between long-term care demand and supply can be closed through appropriate investment in measures that reduce the need for long-term care and enhance the efficiency of its delivery, including through the use of technology-enabled services.

The Commission concludes that the European Year 2012 has contributed to establish active ageing firmly on the European and many national policy agendas in a cross sectorial multi-stakeholder approach. This momentum needs to be maintained. The strong solidarity between generations that characterise Europe’s societies and welfare systems can only be sustained in the context of ageing populations and tight budgets by promoting active ageing in all its forms.

2011/09/23
   Final act published in Official Journal
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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.

2011/09/14
   CSL - Final act signed
2011/09/13
   CSL - Draft final act
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2011/09/13
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2011/09/08
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2011/07/19
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2011/07/19
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/07/07
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/07/07
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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The European Parliament adopted by 557 votes to 33, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012).

Parliament adopted its position at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a new series of compromise amendments negotiated between the European Parliament and the Council. They amend the proposal as follows:

Title of the Year : the title of this initiative has been changed. It shall now be known as the ‘European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations ’.

General 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 . It shall encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners, civil society and the business community , including SMEs, to promote active ageing and to foster solidarity and cooperation between generations , taking into account diversity and gender equality . To this end, the European Year shall aim to adapt working conditions, combat negative age stereotypes and age discrimination, improve health and safety at work, adapt life-long learning systems to the needs of an ageing workforce and ensure that social protection systems are adequate and provide the right incentives.

Specific objectives : new specific objectives are defined as follows:

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 persons make to society and the economy, raising the appreciation thereof, to promote active ageing, solidarity between generations and the vitality and the dignity of all people, and to do more to mobilise the potential of older persons, 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 to enable the Union, Member States and stakeholders at all levels, with the involvement of civil society, the social partners and businesses and with particular emphasis on promoting information strategies, to develop innovative solutions, policies and long-term strategies, including comprehensive age-management strategies related to employment and work, through specific activities, and to pursue specific objectives related to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity; 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 content of measures have been amended in accordance with the specific objectives. It is stated that when implementing the activities, attention shall be paid to involving all generations in the pursuit of the objectives of the European Year, in particular by seeking to develop an inclusive approach and by encouraging the participation of older and younger people in common initiatives. The Commission and Member States shall take into account gender mainstreaming in all their activities in connection with the running of the European Year. The Commission shall take into account the potential of cross-border activities taking place at a regional or local level for achieving the objectives. Lastly, efforts shall be made to ensure that all activities of the European Year addressed to the wider public are easily accessible to all, including people with disabilities .

Coordination with Member States : under the proposal, each Member State shall appoint a national coordinator to be responsible for organising its involvement in the European Year and shall inform the Commission of that appointment. 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. The national coordinators shall also foster the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, in the activities of the European Year.

The Commission shall implement the European Year at the level of the Union. It 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 : 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.

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

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 .

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, may support the European Year, in accordance with the applicable rules and within their existing possibilities for priority setting.

Participating countries : Participation in the European Year shall be open to: (i) Member States; (ii) candidate countries; (iii) the countries of the Western Balkans, and (iv) European Free Trade Association States that are parties to the European Economic Area Agreement.

International cooperation : 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 : Parliament calls for the Commission report to 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. This report shall serve as a basis for future Union policies, measures and actions in this field.

Documents
2011/06/17
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2011/06/17
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/03/18
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2011/03/18
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2011/03/16
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
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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.

2011/03/09
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/02/15
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2011/02/08
   EP - Committee opinion
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2011/01/27
   EP - Committee opinion
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2010/12/20
   EP - Committee draft report
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2010/12/06
   CSL - Debate in Council
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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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2010/12/06
   CSL - Council Meeting
2010/11/09
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2010/10/29
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
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2010/10/21
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2010/10/19
   EP - TAKKULA Hannu (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in CULT
2010/09/27
   EP - VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in REGI
2010/09/22
   EP - KASTLER Martin (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2010/09/09
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2010/09/06
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
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This ex-ante evaluation follows a call from the Slovenian Presidency in 2008 for a European Year on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity (2012). The Commission plans to adopt a proposal for a Decision by Parliament and Council on designating 2012 as European Year on Active Ageing. The Commission opted for the short title of active ageing which implies that intergenerational solidarity is to be seen as an outcome of active ageing which presents a key opportunity for preserving solidarity between generations.

In preparing the ex-ante evaluation, the Commission services have also asked for the views of key stakeholders regarding the orientation and implementation of the European Year In addition, the Commission services took into account evaluation results of previous European Years.

This ex-ante evaluation considers the different options for an initiative on promoting active ageing. The structure of the document is as follows:

definitions and policy context, problem analysis and needs assessment, objectives, policy options, assessment of policy options, implementation of preferred option, monitoring and evaluation.

The option which has been selected by the Commission is a European Year without a specific budget coordinated and centralised by the Commission.

The purpose of a European Year would go beyond awareness-raising. It should be seen as the highlight of a major effort spanning the period 2011-2014 during which the EU would focus many of its existing programmes and policies on the issue of active ageing and put in place a framework in which new initiatives and partnerships supporting active ageing at all levels (Member State, regional, local, social partners, civil society) can be encouraged and publicised.

2010/09/06
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to establish the European Year for Active Ageing (2012).

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: the European Union is in a process of significant population ageing. According to Eurostat's latest projections released in 2008, there would be only two people of working age (15-64) for every person aged over 65 in the EU by 2060 compared to a ratio of four to one today. The strongest push in this direction is expected to occur during the period 2015-35 when the baby boom cohorts will be in retirement. This shift is due to a combination of low birth rates and rising life expectancy. These demographic changes present both challenges and opportunities. Population ageing may increase pressure on public budgets and pension systems, as well as on the staffing of social and care services for older people. There is a fear that the older generations might become too heavy a burden on younger, working-age people and that this could result in tensions between generations. This view neglects, however, the significant actual and potential contribution that older people — and the baby-boom cohorts in particular — can make to society. A key opportunity for tackling the challenge of demographic ageing and preserving intergenerational solidarity consists therefore in ensuring that the baby-boom cohorts stay longer in the labour market and remain healthy, active and autonomous as long as possible.

In the framework of the Employment Strategy, Member States have started to reverse the trend to early retirement so that the EU-27 employment rate for people aged 55-64 has increased from 36.9% in 2000 to 46% in 2009. Encouraging older workers to stay in employment requires notably the improvement of working conditions and their adaptation to the health status and needs of older workers, updating their skills by providing better access to life long learning and the review of tax and benefit systems to ensure that there are effective incentives for working longer.

Active ageing is also an effective tool for tackling poverty in old age. In 2008, 19% of people aged 65+ in the EU were at risk of poverty. A considerable number of older people experience old age as a time of marginalisation. While better employment opportunities for older people could help tackle some of the causes of poverty among this age group, active participation in voluntary activities could reduce the isolation of older people. The huge potential that older persons represent for society as volunteers or carers could be better mobilised by eliminating existing obstacles to unpaid work and by providing the right framework.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: current activities at EU level do not seem properly geared to dealing with what needs to be done:

raise awareness among the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders of the importance of active ageing and of the need to do more to mobilise the potential of the baby boom cohorts; foster an exchange of information and experience between Member States and stakeholders; give Member States and stakeholders an opportunity to develop policies by way of specific activities and by committing to specific objectives.

The Commission considers that broad-based support will be required at all levels of society and from a wide range of stakeholders. The key challenge is to mobilise stakeholders in a way that will generate significant action at national, regional, local and company levels across the EU. With greater political momentum and visibility for active ageing policies, policy makers can be encouraged to take more ambitious initiatives. It is for this reason that implementation of the European Year for Active Ageing could be useful.

LEGAL BASE: Article 153(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

CONTENT: the year 2012 shall be designated as the European Year for Active Ageing.

Objectives : the overall purpose of the European Year shall be to encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners and civil society to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of the rapidly growing population in their late 50s and above, thereby preserving solidarity between generations. Active ageing means creating better opportunities and working conditions to enable older workers to play their part in the labour market, combating social exclusion by fostering active participation in society, and encouraging healthy ageing. On this

basis, the objectives shall be:

to raise general awareness of the value of active ageing in order to highlight the useful contribution older persons make to society and the economy, to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of older persons; to stimulate debate and 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 to enable Member States and stakeholders at all levels to develop policies through specific activities and to commit to specific objectives related to active ageing.

Activities : the measures to be taken to achieve the objectives the following activities at Union, national, regional or local level:

conferences, events and initiatives to promote debate, raise awareness and foster the making of specific commitments; information, promotion and educational campaigns; exchange of information, experience and good practices; research and surveys on a Union or national scale, and dissemination of the results.

The Year should be seen as the highlight of a major effort spanning the period 2011-2014, during which the EU would focus many of its programmes and policies on the issue of active ageing and put in place a framework in which new initiatives and partnerships supporting active ageing at all levels (Member State, regional, local, social partners, civil society) can be encouraged and publicised.

In 2011, public authorities, social partners and civil society organisations at all levels would be encouraged to commit themselves to specific goals related to active ageing; the focus would be on achievements during the European Year. The goals would be documented on a European website which would then become the website for the European Year and would also serve as a tool for monitoring and evaluation.

In 2012, the focus of the European Year would be on starting to implement the commitments made during 2011, on raising awareness among the general public, publicising these initiatives through media activities and the involvement of other multipliers. Results of active ageing projects funded under existing budget lines and programmes would be presented.

The primary intention is to promote active ageing in employment by creating better opportunities for the participation of older workers, and to promote active ageing in society, by combating social exclusion through voluntary work, healthy ageing and autonomous living.

Coordination at Union level : the Commission shall convene meetings of the national coordinators for the purpose of coordination at Union level and to exchange information, including on commitments made and their implementation in the Member States. The European Parliament, the Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions will be associated in the activities.

Evaluation : by 30 June 2014, the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the initiatives provided for in this Decision.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: no additional funding is sought for the European Year. The flexibility for annual or multiannual priority-setting based on the budget lines and programmes of the Directorate General for Employment and other relevant programmes provides sufficient financial margin for running the Year on a scale similar to previous European Years. The administrative resources can also come from existing administrative budgets.

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AmendmentsDossier
201 2010/0242(COD)
2010/12/10 CULT 40 amendments...
source: PE-454.461
2010/12/14 REGI 26 amendments...
source: PE-454.569
2011/02/15 EMPL 135 amendments...
source: PE-458.631

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  • date: 2011-09-13T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=[%n4]%2F11&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 00020/2011/LEX type: Draft final act body: CSL
  • date: 2014-09-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2014/0562/COM_COM(2014)0562_EN.pdf title: COM(2014)0562 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2014&nu_doc=0562 title: EUR-Lex summary: The Commission presents a report on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations has managed to mobilise numerous governmental and non-governmental actors . It has helped convey a more positive image of population ageing by highlighting the potentials of older people and promoting their active participation in society and the economy. The decision on the EY2012 defined a budget envelope of EUR 5 million for the period between January 2011 and December 2012. No new credits were allocated to the European Year, and the money was taken from existing financial appropriations. The budget for the European Year was mainly used to finance the communication activities of the Year Most of the activities at the EU-level were designed to support stakeholders in the Member States and facilitate their participation in the European Year. The EU programme was thus implemented in close cooperation with national coordinators for the European Year and the Stakeholder Coalition. The main activity at European level was a communication and promotional campaign implemented by a contractor. The central hub of this campaign was the European Year website. Implementation and new initiatives : many Member States and civil society organizations have used the European Year as an opportunity to develop new initiatives or strengthen their existing ones (such as Generations@school ). The activities triggered by the EY2012 demonstrated the development of several new tools, mainly: · the Guiding Principles on Active Ageing , endorsed by the EU's Social Affairs Ministers on 6 December 2012: the 19 Guiding Principles are structured under the headings of the Year: employment, participation in society, and independent living. They are addressed to Member States and other relevant levels of government and organizations which have a role to play in further improving conditions for active ageing. The application of these Guiding Principles would also contribute to the attainment of the employment and poverty reduction targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, notably as a result of more people being able to work longer and earning better pension entitlements; · the development of an Active Ageing Index which was developed in close cooperation with the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna). The index measures different dimensions of active ageing and quantifies untapped potentials for each country. · a covenant of mayors on demographic change : this provides a framework allowing local and regional policy makers to commit to taking new measures in response to ageing. This goal of establishing such a covenant is now being pursued in the context of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) and its action group on ‘Innovation for age-friendly, buildings cities and environments Policy maker in the Member States are invited to make the most of these tools. The EU will continue to support them. This will take the form of policy guidance , notably in the context of the European Semester, the cycle coordinating economic and budgetary policies in the EU. Active and healthy ageing is, also one of the investment priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the 2014-2020 programming period. The independent living pillar of the European Year 2012 : the Commission supports the Social Protection Committee in producing a report on long-term care published in June 2014. It examined how the gap between long-term care demand and supply can be closed through appropriate investment in measures that reduce the need for long-term care and enhance the efficiency of its delivery, including through the use of technology-enabled services. The Commission concludes that the European Year 2012 has contributed to establish active ageing firmly on the European and many national policy agendas in a cross sectorial multi-stakeholder approach. This momentum needs to be maintained. The strong solidarity between generations that characterise Europe’s societies and welfare systems can only be sustained in the context of ageing populations and tight budgets by promoting active ageing in all its forms. type: Follow-up document body: EC
  • date: 2010-10-29T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0462 title: COM(2010)0462 type: Contribution body: IT_SENATE
  • date: 2010-11-09T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0462 title: COM(2010)0462 type: Contribution body: PT_PARLIAMENT
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  • date: 2010-09-06T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2010/0462/COM_COM(2010)0462_EN.doc title: COM(2010)0462 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2010&nu_doc=462 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to establish the European Year for Active Ageing (2012). PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. BACKGROUND: the European Union is in a process of significant population ageing. According to Eurostat's latest projections released in 2008, there would be only two people of working age (15-64) for every person aged over 65 in the EU by 2060 compared to a ratio of four to one today. The strongest push in this direction is expected to occur during the period 2015-35 when the baby boom cohorts will be in retirement. This shift is due to a combination of low birth rates and rising life expectancy. These demographic changes present both challenges and opportunities. Population ageing may increase pressure on public budgets and pension systems, as well as on the staffing of social and care services for older people. There is a fear that the older generations might become too heavy a burden on younger, working-age people and that this could result in tensions between generations. This view neglects, however, the significant actual and potential contribution that older people — and the baby-boom cohorts in particular — can make to society. A key opportunity for tackling the challenge of demographic ageing and preserving intergenerational solidarity consists therefore in ensuring that the baby-boom cohorts stay longer in the labour market and remain healthy, active and autonomous as long as possible. In the framework of the Employment Strategy, Member States have started to reverse the trend to early retirement so that the EU-27 employment rate for people aged 55-64 has increased from 36.9% in 2000 to 46% in 2009. Encouraging older workers to stay in employment requires notably the improvement of working conditions and their adaptation to the health status and needs of older workers, updating their skills by providing better access to life long learning and the review of tax and benefit systems to ensure that there are effective incentives for working longer. Active ageing is also an effective tool for tackling poverty in old age. In 2008, 19% of people aged 65+ in the EU were at risk of poverty. A considerable number of older people experience old age as a time of marginalisation. While better employment opportunities for older people could help tackle some of the causes of poverty among this age group, active participation in voluntary activities could reduce the isolation of older people. The huge potential that older persons represent for society as volunteers or carers could be better mobilised by eliminating existing obstacles to unpaid work and by providing the right framework. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: current activities at EU level do not seem properly geared to dealing with what needs to be done: raise awareness among the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders of the importance of active ageing and of the need to do more to mobilise the potential of the baby boom cohorts; foster an exchange of information and experience between Member States and stakeholders; give Member States and stakeholders an opportunity to develop policies by way of specific activities and by committing to specific objectives. The Commission considers that broad-based support will be required at all levels of society and from a wide range of stakeholders. The key challenge is to mobilise stakeholders in a way that will generate significant action at national, regional, local and company levels across the EU. With greater political momentum and visibility for active ageing policies, policy makers can be encouraged to take more ambitious initiatives. It is for this reason that implementation of the European Year for Active Ageing could be useful. LEGAL BASE: Article 153(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. CONTENT: the year 2012 shall be designated as the European Year for Active Ageing. Objectives : the overall purpose of the European Year shall be to encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners and civil society to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of the rapidly growing population in their late 50s and above, thereby preserving solidarity between generations. Active ageing means creating better opportunities and working conditions to enable older workers to play their part in the labour market, combating social exclusion by fostering active participation in society, and encouraging healthy ageing. On this basis, the objectives shall be: to raise general awareness of the value of active ageing in order to highlight the useful contribution older persons make to society and the economy, to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of older persons; to stimulate debate and 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 to enable Member States and stakeholders at all levels to develop policies through specific activities and to commit to specific objectives related to active ageing. Activities : the measures to be taken to achieve the objectives the following activities at Union, national, regional or local level: conferences, events and initiatives to promote debate, raise awareness and foster the making of specific commitments; information, promotion and educational campaigns; exchange of information, experience and good practices; research and surveys on a Union or national scale, and dissemination of the results. The Year should be seen as the highlight of a major effort spanning the period 2011-2014, during which the EU would focus many of its programmes and policies on the issue of active ageing and put in place a framework in which new initiatives and partnerships supporting active ageing at all levels (Member State, regional, local, social partners, civil society) can be encouraged and publicised. In 2011, public authorities, social partners and civil society organisations at all levels would be encouraged to commit themselves to specific goals related to active ageing; the focus would be on achievements during the European Year. The goals would be documented on a European website which would then become the website for the European Year and would also serve as a tool for monitoring and evaluation. In 2012, the focus of the European Year would be on starting to implement the commitments made during 2011, on raising awareness among the general public, publicising these initiatives through media activities and the involvement of other multipliers. Results of active ageing projects funded under existing budget lines and programmes would be presented. The primary intention is to promote active ageing in employment by creating better opportunities for the participation of older workers, and to promote active ageing in society, by combating social exclusion through voluntary work, healthy ageing and autonomous living. Coordination at Union level : the Commission shall convene meetings of the national coordinators for the purpose of coordination at Union level and to exchange information, including on commitments made and their implementation in the Member States. The European Parliament, the Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions will be associated in the activities. Evaluation : by 30 June 2014, the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the initiatives provided for in this Decision. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: no additional funding is sought for the European Year. The flexibility for annual or multiannual priority-setting based on the budget lines and programmes of the Directorate General for Employment and other relevant programmes provides sufficient financial margin for running the Year on a scale similar to previous European Years. The administrative resources can also come from existing administrative budgets.
  • date: 2010-09-09T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2010-12-06T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3053*&MEET_DATE=06/12/2010 title: 3053 summary: 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.
  • date: 2011-03-16T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: 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.
  • date: 2011-03-18T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-61&language=EN title: A7-0061/2011
  • date: 2011-06-17T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3099*&MEET_DATE=17/06/2011 title: 3099
  • date: 2011-07-07T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=19818&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2011-07-07T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2011-332 title: T7-0332/2011 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 557 votes to 33, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012). Parliament adopted its position at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a new series of compromise amendments negotiated between the European Parliament and the Council. They amend the proposal as follows: Title of the Year : the title of this initiative has been changed. It shall now be known as the ‘European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations ’. General 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 . It shall encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners, civil society and the business community , including SMEs, to promote active ageing and to foster solidarity and cooperation between generations , taking into account diversity and gender equality . To this end, the European Year shall aim to adapt working conditions, combat negative age stereotypes and age discrimination, improve health and safety at work, adapt life-long learning systems to the needs of an ageing workforce and ensure that social protection systems are adequate and provide the right incentives. Specific objectives : new specific objectives are defined as follows: 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 persons make to society and the economy, raising the appreciation thereof, to promote active ageing, solidarity between generations and the vitality and the dignity of all people, and to do more to mobilise the potential of older persons, 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 to enable the Union, Member States and stakeholders at all levels, with the involvement of civil society, the social partners and businesses and with particular emphasis on promoting information strategies, to develop innovative solutions, policies and long-term strategies, including comprehensive age-management strategies related to employment and work, through specific activities, and to pursue specific objectives related to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity; 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 content of measures have been amended in accordance with the specific objectives. It is stated that when implementing the activities, attention shall be paid to involving all generations in the pursuit of the objectives of the European Year, in particular by seeking to develop an inclusive approach and by encouraging the participation of older and younger people in common initiatives. The Commission and Member States shall take into account gender mainstreaming in all their activities in connection with the running of the European Year. The Commission shall take into account the potential of cross-border activities taking place at a regional or local level for achieving the objectives. Lastly, efforts shall be made to ensure that all activities of the European Year addressed to the wider public are easily accessible to all, including people with disabilities . Coordination with Member States : under the proposal, each Member State shall appoint a national coordinator to be responsible for organising its involvement in the European Year and shall inform the Commission of that appointment. 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. The national coordinators shall also foster the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, in the activities of the European Year. The Commission shall implement the European Year at the level of the Union. It 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 : 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. Budget : the financial envelope for the implementation, at the level of the Union, of this Decision, for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012, shall be EUR 5 million . 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 . 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, may support the European Year, in accordance with the applicable rules and within their existing possibilities for priority setting. Participating countries : Participation in the European Year shall be open to: (i) Member States; (ii) candidate countries; (iii) the countries of the Western Balkans, and (iv) European Free Trade Association States that are parties to the European Economic Area Agreement. International cooperation : 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 : Parliament calls for the Commission report to 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. This report shall serve as a basis for future Union policies, measures and actions in this field.
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  • date: 2011-09-23T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: 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. docs: title: Decision 2011/940 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32011D0940 title: OJ L 246 23.09.2011, p. 0005 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2011:246:TOC
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  • date: 2010-09-09T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2010-10-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education rapporteur: group: ALDE name: TAKKULA Hannu body: EP shadows: group: S&D name: CREŢU Corina group: ALDE name: KACIN Jelko group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean group: ECR name: CABRNOCH Milan group: GUE/NGL name: LE HYARIC Patrick responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2010-09-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE name: KASTLER Martin body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality committee: FEMM body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee: LIBE body: EP responsible: False committee: REGI date: 2010-09-27T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PPE name: VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert
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  • date: 2011-03-18T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-61&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A7-0061/2011 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2010-10-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education rapporteur: group: ALDE name: TAKKULA Hannu body: EP shadows: group: S&D name: CREŢU Corina group: ALDE name: KACIN Jelko group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean group: ECR name: CABRNOCH Milan group: GUE/NGL name: LE HYARIC Patrick responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2010-09-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE name: KASTLER Martin body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality committee: FEMM body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee: LIBE body: EP responsible: False committee: REGI date: 2010-09-27T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PPE name: VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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  • date: 2011-07-19T00:00:00 body: EP/CSL type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
  • date: 2011-09-13T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
  • date: 2011-09-14T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Final act signed
  • date: 2011-09-23T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32011D0940 title: Decision 2011/940 url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2011:246:TOC title: OJ L 246 23.09.2011, p. 0005
committees
  • body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2010-10-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education rapporteur: group: ALDE name: TAKKULA Hannu
  • body: EP shadows: group: S&D name: CREŢU Corina group: ALDE name: KACIN Jelko group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean group: ECR name: CABRNOCH Milan group: GUE/NGL name: LE HYARIC Patrick responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2010-09-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE name: KASTLER Martin
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality committee: FEMM
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee: LIBE
  • body: EP responsible: False committee: REGI date: 2010-09-27T00:00:00 committee_full: Regional Development rapporteur: group: PPE name: VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert
links
National parliaments
European Commission
other
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Former Council configuration
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ title: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion commissioner: ANDOR László
procedure
dossier_of_the_committee
EMPL/7/03709
reference
2010/0242(COD)
instrument
Decision
legal_basis
Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU 153-p2
stage_reached
Procedure completed
subtype
Legislation
Modified legal basis
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 150
title
European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)
type
COD - Ordinary legislative procedure (ex-codecision procedure)
final
subject