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AGE Platform Europe monthly newsletter
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Special Briefing

AGE General Assembly and Annual Conference: action and cooperation to better protect the human rights of older persons

AGE Platform Europe held on 16-17-18 November 2016 its General Assembly and the fourth Annual Conference, gathering its member organisations together with policy makers, external experts, researches and older self-advocates.  They discussed challenges for policies on ageing at local, national and European levels, as well as how best combat age discrimination, while strengthening both economic and social rights of older people in view of empowering them as equal citizens.

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AGE organises training session on ‘Why Human Rights Matter’

Many older people do not perceive human rights as something which is relevant to their day-to-day lives. Human rights are either considered a legal term or something that applies to minorities or particularly disadvantaged groups. To tackle this AGE Platform Europe organised a ‘training’ session in the frame of its General Assembly and Annual Conference, aiming to increase understanding about why human rights concepts and approaches make a difference and how they can use existing mechanisms to drive policy change.

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AGE participates in High Level Group on Non-Discrimination

On 8th November AGE was invited to take part to the High Level Group on Non- Discrimination, Equality and Diversity. This group brings together representatives of the Member States and the Commission  and builds on the work of the Governmental Expert Group in the field of non-discrimination that operated between 2008 and 2013 aiming to improve inter-state collaboration in this area.

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AGE discussed silver economy at Walloon Parliament

AGE was invited to discuss older persons’ needs across Europe at an information session and debate on Silver Economy held at the Walloon Parliament on 25 November 2016 in Namur (Belgium). 

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Walloon Parliament

Chester (UK), winner of 2016 Access City Award

​The British city of Chester is the winner of the 2016 edition of the Access City Award, which rewards and promotes the progress that cities are making to ensure equal access for persons with disabilities. Chester was chosen out of 43 cities from 21 EU countries because of its inclusive measures for people with a disability in different sectors, in particular the tourism sector.

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AGE promotes principle of co-creation at EU conference on smart cities

The conference showcased practical tools for citizens' involvement, policy and regulation and launched the Manifesto on Inclusive Smart Cities, endorsed by AGE Platform Europe together with about 90 supporters worldwide. The supporters of the Manifesto commit to creating and fostering accessible urban services for all citizens while promoting engagement of citizens and communities in the design and co-creation of solutions.

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AGE at EU conference on Smart Cities Nov 2016

AGE calls on the EU to ratify the Istanbul Convention to end violence against women

Istanbul Convention Campaign banner

Last 25 November, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, AGE joined more than 25 other European civil society organisations to call on the European Union to access the Istanbul Convention. This Convention is a legally binding instrument of the Council of Europe that engages signatories to address violence against women and improve the protection of victims.

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AGE joins EDF call for a strong and ambitious Accessibility Act

Together with the European Disability Forum (EDF), the Social Platform and ANEC (the European consumer voice in standardization), AGE Platform Europe met the new rapporteur on the European Accessibility Act in the European Parliament to underline the importance of a strong Accessibility Act for the disability movement, but also for an inclusive society for everyone. 

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Members' News

FATEC organises training session on ageism

FATEC, the Federation of Associations of Older People of Catalunya (Spain) is co-organising an annual cycle of seminars on ‘Science, Society and Ageing’ with a first thematic session dedicated to ageism.

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Flemish Council of the Elderly publishes policy advice on non-take-up of social rights by older people

In a recently published policy advice, the Flemish Council of the Elderly demands attention for the phenomenon of non-take-up of social rights among older people. The paper outlines the various barriers older people face in accessing social rights and support, highlights the overall policy challenges to address these, and finally recommands a number of specific measures.

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BAGSO co-organizes national award to promote use of digital technology in old age

AGE’s German member organisation BAGSO co-organized the Golden Internet Prize 2016 whose winners were awarded in Berlin on 10 November 2016.

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Other News

Travelability promotes accessibile tourism in Italy

Ahead of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism, Travelability wishes to demontrate that 'Age is no obstacle for traveling'. The Italian new tourist formula seeks to ensure that persons with special needs can travel with confidence.

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European Semester 2017: priorities are still investment, structural reforms and fiscal responsibility, with a social twist

The European Commission has published the so-called ‘Autumn Package’ starting the European Semester 2017. The Commission sees benefits from the reform paths adopted in the recent years, with an increased employment rate and, for the first time for years, a slight reduction of the risk of poverty and social exclusion. Nevertheless, the Commission maintains its stance that investment is lagging behind in Europe, that structural reforms are still necessary and that public budgets should remain balanced – encouraging however those who have flexibility in their budgets to invest to support growth.

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WHO and EU Committee of the Regions sign agreement on health policy

Building on the momentum of the new European health policy framework ‘Health 2020’ and the Agenda for Sustainable Development, the European Committee of the Regions and WHO/Europe signed, on 21st November, an agreement to join efforts in the field of public health.

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WHO & CoR signing agreement

Senior volunteering: hobby for seniors that cities should invest into

Since May 2015 the ‘’Let us be active!’’ project was looking for ways to promote senior volunteering in the three cities of Estonia, Latvia and Finland, strengthening the cooperation between the Healthy Cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

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Competence Framework for working with older people now available on website

A EU funded project called ELLAN (European Later Life Active Network) looked at the quality of higher education related to ageing issues and published the European Core Competences Framework for health and social care professionals, available in 20 languages.

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Design for All Foundation Good Practices Awards: a few weeks left to submit

The 8th edition of the International Design for All Foundation Good Practices Awards is open until 30th December 2016. The award recognises achievements in the field of design for all by governments, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and professionals from all over the world

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Good Practices

Amara platform provides free subtitles for more accessible videos

The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a member of the Prosperity4All project along with AGE, developed a free open source platform for captions and subtitling. This new service named Amara aims at greater accessibility for videos.

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Amara for accessible video subtitles

‘BuurtPensioen-Pens(i)onsQuartier’ fosters exchanges of neighborhood services in Belgium

Buurtpension / Pens(i)onsQuartier seeks to bring into contact older persons and persons with a disability in need of some assistance - e.g. for shopping, for a lift or for some emotional support - with persons willing to help others in their neighborhoods. The service is based on reciprocity: participants commit to bringing mutual assistance and someone seeking some help at one moment may provide some at a later stage.

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New French label for 'senior-friendly' products

A new logo ‘Testé et approuvé par les Seniors’ (Tested and approved by seniors) has been created in France by AFNOR Certification to help identify user-friendly products that are designed to be used by everyone including people aged over 60.

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French label senior-friendly


Social Protection Committee reports on Member States' social situation and developments

The SPC monitors the social situation in the EU and the development of social protection policies in the Member States. Is has recently published two reports on social performances in EU countries.

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Social Protection Committee Annual Report 2016

As each year, the Social Protection Committee (SPC) has released its annual overview on the social situation in the EU and the developments in social protection policies based on the Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM) and Member States’ reporting.

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Life Annuity Products and Their Guarantees

This publication presents the work of the OECD project on annuity products and their guarantees. It is aimed to help policy makers to better understand annuity products, the type of products available and the guarantees they provide in order to optimise the role that these products can play in financing retirement.

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OECD Pensions Outlook 2016

The OECD Pensions Outlook 2016 assesses policy issues regarding strengthening both public and private pension systems in OECD countries and, in particular, funded pension plans.

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'Senior volunteering - Involving and activating seniors in local community' - Guidelines for professionals

The aim of the publication is to guide the professional in organizing, managing and promoting senior volunteering. The wide spectrum of topics is covered: from seeing senior volunteering as an opportunity to create new activities for seniors to cooperation with NGOs for better impact. 

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Call for Proposals

Calls for proposals are available on AGE website at:

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AGE work is supported by grants of the European Commission. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of AGE Platform Europe and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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