Social Policy : 2012 to Be European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity
It's official: 2012 will be the year of active ageing and solidarity between generations. Indeed, MEPs validated, on 7 July, the compromise previously negotiated with the Council on the theme for the European year 2012.
As defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), active ageing is an optimisation of potentials in terms of health, participation and security, in order to improve the quality of life of older people. The legislative proposal, drafted by the Germany's Martin Kesler (EPP), supports four sub-targets building towards the main goal: 1. to raise public awareness of the importance of active ageing and make it a priority in the political agenda of stakeholders on all levels; 2. to stimulate the debate, exchange information and develop mutual learning between member states and stakeholders at all levels; 3. to propose a framework for commitment and concrete steps in order, namely, to conceive global strategies for age management in terms of employment and work; and 4. to promote activities to fight against discrimination based on age, to go beyond age stereotypes and to remove obstacles in terms of employability.
NAME AND BUDGET AMENDED
The co-legislators did, however, modify the proposal, mainly on two points: the name of the European year 2012 and the budget to put it into practice. …