Die europäischen Grünen Alten kommen nach Hamburg!

Beim Ita­lie­ner Ecke Stein­damm wer­den wir uns am Frei­tag treffen…
… wir haben nach der letz­ten GA-Sit­zung schon mal vorgetestet…

Oh wie span­nend, am Frei­tag kom­men die euro­päi­schen Grü­nen Alten zu einer Tagung nach Ham­burg und wir wer­den uns am Frei­tag­abend tref­fen. Ich bin sehr gespannt. 

Zur Vor­be­rei­tung hat Schatz­meis­ter Tony Coo­re­man vom Euro­pean Net­work of Green Seni­ors (ENGS) mir schon ein­mal eini­ge Unter­la­gen geschickt, u.a. ein Mani­fest und die Geschich­te der ENGS, die ich hier in den Blog kopie­re. Ist aller­dings alles auf Englisch. 






In the near future Euro­pe will wit­ness a demo­gra­phic chan­ge which will have to be addres­sed in both the poli­ti­cal and eco­no­mic sphe­res. This chan­ge will come about as the total popu­la­ti­on decrea­ses over­all while the num­ber of older peo­p­le increa­ses. All Euro­pean count­ries will be con­fron­ted with this rea­li­ty. Under the­se cir­cum­s­tances the older peo­p­le are too often only seen as a cost fac­tor, respon­si­ble for every bud­ge­ta­ry cri­sis, dama­ging the dome­stic eco­no­my and hol­ding back eco­no­mic growth.


We do not see the demo­gra­phic deve­lo­p­ment as a coming batt­le bet­ween the gene­ra­ti­ons. The Euro­pean Net­work of Green Seni­ors (ENGS) does not share this nega­ti­ve view. Ins­tead we see here an oppor­tu­ni­ty to work posi­tively tog­e­ther with all age groups for a com­mon future whe­re we can share our expe­ri­ence with the enthu­si­asm of the young people.


The­re needs to be a chan­ge in per­spec­ti­ve which gets rid of the ste­reo­ty­pes that see the old peo­p­le eit­her as a poor and depen­dent group in socie­ty or as sel­fi­sh­ly han­ging onto their wealth and pro­per­ty. In fact our needs are as diver­se as any other in socie­ty. As we age we intend to con­ti­nue to par­ti­ci­pa­te actively in this socie­ty for the com­mon good as long as we are able.


In addi­ti­on, as the popu­la­ti­on con­ti­nues to age, older citi­zens will have to take on more respon­si­bi­li­ty. Older peo­p­le are a hid­den resour­ce having a wealth of expe­ri­ence, know­ledge and skills which needs to be dis­co­ver­ed and acknowledged.

Poli­ti­ci­ans should place their trust in the capa­bi­li­ty of seni­or citi­zens and wel­co­me their par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in set­ting and imple­men­ting the poli­ti­cal agenda.

As Greens many of us can look back to the begin­nings of our move­ment. Some of us were foun­ding members.


For us the ques­ti­on is not so much what the Green move­ment can do for seni­or citi­zens, but more what we can do for the Green move­ment sin­ce we can be gene­rous with our expe­ri­ence, time, ener­gy and creativity.

The­r­e­fo­re, regar­ding the Green seni­ors’ approach the ques­ti­on rather is what can we elder­ly peo­p­le do to impro­ve eco­lo­gi­cal poli­tics and the Green par­ties than what can the Green par­ties pro­vi­de to their seni­or militants


From our per­spec­ti­ve we can see that the Green move­ment with its social and eco­lo­gi­cal issues is not a tem­po­ra­ry one. We know that if man­kind wants to sur­vi­ve, it needs an ever­las­ting Green movement. 

The Green move­ment is neither regio­nal nor natio­nal. It is both inter­na­tio­nal and world-wide. While other par­ties can limit their acti­vi­ties to a par­ti­cu­lar regi­on or nati­on, eco­lo­gists in the end can­not. For eco­lo­gists inter­na­tio­nal acti­vi­ties are essen­ti­al. The ENGS seeks to base its actions on the par­ty pro­gram­mes of the Greens in Euro­pe and on the Gui­ding Prin­ci­ples of the EGP, see­king solu­ti­ons to the chan­ged demo­gra­phics of the con­ti­nent with more and more old people.


In order to achie­ve the abo­ve we set up the fol­lo­wing points in our mani­festo which are of con­cern to the per­so­nal life of the old peo­p­le on the one hand and on the other hand are the result of our enti­re lifel­ong expe­ri­ence that we want to bring into the Green poli­ti­cal are­na. By doing this we seek to con­tri­bu­te to rea­ching the com­mon Green goals such as soli­da­ri­ty, peace, sus­taina­bi­li­ty, fair trade and the pre­ven­ti­on of cli­ma­te change.


 1. No Dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on in the Job Market


ENGS rejects the dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on of older employees in the job mar­ket through such prac­ti­ces as enforced ear­ly reti­re­ment and the refu­sal to retrain or upgrade them. No pro­fes­si­on should rou­ti­ne­ly enforce ear­ly reti­re­ment irre­spec­ti­ve of the health or abili­ty of the employee. We also demand job trai­ning pos­si­bi­li­ties for older employees.

The con­se­quen­ces of the new regu­la­ti­ons in Euro­pe aiming at exclu­ding age in the wage sca­le should urgen­tly be examined.


  1. Pas­sing on Expe­ri­ence – Lifel­ong Learning


ENGS wis­hes that the know­ledge and expe­ri­ence of the older peo­p­le be inte­gra­ted into socie­ty as a who­le and into the place of work in particular. 

Many older peo­p­le have gai­ned stra­te­gic thin­king and acting and social com­pe­tence in a long pro­fes­sio­nal life, what young peo­p­le still have to learn. On the other hand the older peo­p­le need IT sup­port and trai­ning. On this field most of the time youn­ger peo­p­le are better.

That is the reason why we seek the right to life-long lear­ning, the right to the exch­an­ge of know­ledge and to men­to­ring espe­ci­al­ly bet­ween older and youn­ger peo­p­le, in the place of work as well as in private.

The need for IT sup­port and trai­ning should not be an excu­se for dis­re­gar­ding or unde­re­sti­mat­ing the many abili­ties of the older employees. 

In this way we would crea­te new chan­ces for our socie­ty through joint acti­vi­ties of the older and the youn­ger people.

Other dis­cri­mi­na­ted groups like low-inco­me per­sons, migrants and han­di­cap­ped should be sup­port­ed much more than up to now.


  1. The Right to Per­so­nal and Social Development


All gene­ra­ti­ons and all mem­bers of socie­ty should have the right to per­so­nal and social deve­lo­p­ment. This enables a well edu­ca­ted per­son (in the socie­ty) to live in liber­ty and with self-determination. 

A sta­ble and attrac­ti­ve demo­cra­tic socie­ty values diver­si­ty whe­ther it be by age, by eth­nic ori­gin, by urban or rural life-styl­es. The­re should be an equa­li­ty of access to the means to achie­ve this diver­si­ty. Neither pover­ty nor age should be a bar­ri­er. True awa­re­ness should enable peo­p­le to under­stand their place in the who­le eco­sys­tem. In order to achie­ve this mutu­al respect, ack­now­led­ge­ment of the inte­gri­ty of the other should be fos­te­red. Inter­cul­tu­ral and sen­suous talents can be deve­lo­ped in old age, too.


  1. Vol­un­t­a­ry Work 


We “young seni­ors” do not want to beco­me a cost and load fac­tor to socie­ty after we stop working, but we want to use the time given to us for a meaningful social engagement. 

Through our vol­un­t­a­ry work we would like to shift the values and give the terms “work” and “lei­su­re” a new meaning.

Socie­ty must howe­ver honour our enga­ge­ment in the com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vi­ding agen­ci­es for vol­un­t­a­ry work, which are well orga­ni­zed and allow par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on and inputs for their structure. 

Howe­ver, this does not mean to take over nor­mal jobs, sack the employees and replace them with vol­un­t­a­ry workers wit­hout payment.

The count­ries whe­re vol­un­t­a­ry work is alre­a­dy orga­ni­zed are of cour­se exempt­ed. The­re we should howe­ver demand the offi­ci­al reco­gni­ti­on of vol­un­t­a­ry work and the crea­ti­on of real regu­la­ti­ons for the volunteers.




  1. Old Age Pensions


We exert our­sel­ves for a suf­fi­ci­ent pen­si­on-sche­me for ever­yo­ne which through depre­cia­ti­on does not lead to pover­ty in old age. A basic inco­me con­cept must also be discussed.


  1. New forms of living for old people


We seni­ors of the ENGS want to spend our life in our own flat or house as long as pos­si­ble. We do not want to live in ghet­tos for older peo­p­le, which may crea­te grea­ter depen­den­cy, nor in a frag­men­ted socie­ty, which the divi­si­on by age groups may pro­du­ce. If we need to be cared for, a diver­si­ty of pos­si­ble con­cepts must be made available. Such dif­fe­rent forms of living, also for older peo­p­le are: living in mul­ti­ple-gene­ra­ti­on hou­ses, in a nor­mal neigh­bour­hood or in shared flats.

It should also be pos­si­ble to obtain finan­cial aid to con­vert a pri­va­te home which has beco­me too lar­ge into other forms of living.


  1. Against an Incre­asing Libe­ra­li­sa­ti­on of Social Ser­vices


ENGS demands clear regu­la­ti­ons for social ser­vices as basic care in Euro­pe. We reject the defi­ni­ti­on of such ser­vices as ›goods‹ to be traded in the free mar­ket eco­no­my. Ins­tead we demand their legal pro­tec­tion as public ser­vices. It has to be gua­ran­teed that social ser­vices and the health ser­vice, which con­cern the citi­zens, espe­ci­al­ly the old peo­p­le, can be kept as basic care in the future. Health care and social ser­vices should by no means be limi­t­ed becau­se of sta­tus or  resi­den­cy rights.


  1. Assis­tance to Elder­ly Migrants


The wel­fa­re bene­fit sys­tems should be made available to all hete­ro­ge­neous group of migrants in such a way that they may easi­ly get access to them accor­ding to their cul­tu­ral back­grounds. We sup­port an inter­cul­tu­ral ope­ning and moder­niza­ti­on of the assis­tance given to elder­ly migrants. In order to achie­ve this, tho­se working for the­se ser­vices should obtain the rele­vant infor­ma­ti­on direct­ly from the groups con­cer­ned and their representatives.


  1. Access to Health Care. Dying with Dignity


A healt­hy and respon­si­ble way of life may help pro­mo­te good health. The elder­ly should have access to good qua­li­ty health care from a varie­ty of pro­vi­ders inclu­ding pro­fes­sio­nals, vol­un­teers and rela­ti­ves. For tho­se who wish it, ter­mi­nal care should be pro­vi­ded at home or in a hospi­ce with pal­lia­ti­ve medicine.

Old people’s homes should be sub­ject to regu­lar checks by resi­dents asso­cia­ti­ons which also have the respec­ti­ve aut­ho­ri­ty for such inspections.


  1. Mobility


Public trans­port should be made acces­si­ble and safe for all age groups so that it is not too cum­ber­so­me to take the train, tram or bus. The­re should be con­ces­sio­na­ry fares for tho­se on low incomes.

In order to make public trans­port more safe the num­ber of the secu­ri­ty per­son­nel should be increased.


  1. A new Trea­ty bet­ween Young and Old


In the future with the demo­gra­phic chan­ge in who­le Euro­pe, the older peo­p­le will have to con­tri­bu­te more to the eco­no­my and to socie­ty. The­re needs to be a co-ope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the young and the old. While the young may fear unem­ploy­ment, the older peo­p­le may fear pover­ty as they age. This is the reason for a new trea­ty bet­ween the gene­ra­ti­ons. The older peo­p­le want to help find the best solu­ti­ons for the pro­blems con­cer­ned and ther­eby streng­then and main­tain the cohe­si­on of the generations.


  1. The seni­ors of the ENGS want to be acti­ve on all poli­ti­cal fields that are of con­cern for their per­so­nal life.


  1. Conclusions


The Seni­ors of the ENGS inter­fe­re in all poli­ti­cal issues that con­cern our society:


  1. We enga­ge our­sel­ves for a sus­tainable future of Euro­pe , by not let­ting con­sump­ti­on beco­me the only con­tent of our lives and ther­eby pro­ving that by prac­ti­sing non-con­sump­ti­on we can enable a bet­ter future for the peo­p­le in the poorer nations.


  1. If the­re is alre­a­dy a glo­ba­liza­ti­on, we want to deve­lop it soci­al­ly and eco­lo­gi­cal­ly and demand a meaningful growth for the economy.


  1. Ins­tead of the pro­fi­ta­bil­ty thin­king with its dis­cri­mi­na­ting value sca­le of human resour­ces we want to stress the ethi­cal aspects of human life, which has its own pur­po­se. The sen­se of life is not work as such, the sen­se of life is life itself.


  1. Green natio­nal and supra­na­tio­nal acti­vi­ties are neces­sa­ry, becau­se we need an effec­ti­ve coun­ter­ba­lan­ce to the exis­ting mul­ti­na­tio­nal, eco­no­mic and finan­cial struc­tures and orga­niza­ti­ons, which are suc­cessful­ly acti­ve in our glo­ba­li­zed world and do not have any pro­blems with other lan­guages, reli­gi­ons, men­ta­li­ties, natio­nal iden­ti­ties or natio­nal attitudes.


  1. The­re is an essen­ti­al dif­fe­rence bet­ween the Greens and the tra­di­tio­nal par­ties: The Greens bring an enti­re new dimen­si­on into poli­tics. They are not only inte­res­ted in the life of the human socie­ty, but also in the co-exis­tence of the socie­ty with the envi­ron­ment and in the natu­ral right of all spe­ci­es of living crea­tures to live and to sur­vi­ve under natu­ral cir­cum­s­tances. That is the reason why the­re can not be a clear pro­jec­tion of the Green posi­ti­ons onto a sim­pli­fied left-right pattern. 


  1. Becau­se ener­gy should be available to ever­yo­ne, we demand that the con­trol and deli­very of ener­gy remain a publi­ce ser­vice which under no cir­cum­s­tances may beco­me a vic­tim of                                                                                 Other ser­vices such as public trans­port, mail deli­very, tele­pho­nes and health care are also social ser­vices. We enga­ge our­sel­ves that all the­se remain public ser­vices or are rein­sta­ted as public ser­vices or as co-ope­ra­ti­ves, whe­re this is no lon­ger the case.


  1. Natu­ral cata­stro­phes as well as social and other dis­as­ters and cala­mi­ties have inter­na­tio­nal dimensions.The reac­tion of the world is often an imme­dia­te over­whel­ming act of soli­da­ri­ty. Howe­ver, what this glo­ba­li­zed world real­ly needs are not only spon­ta­neous inter­na­tio­nal soli­da­ri­ty cam­paigns, but effec­ti­ve and sus­tainable soli­da­ri­ty struc­tures. The Greens not only have to sup­port NGOs such as Green­peace and Amnes­ty Inter­na­tio­nal as well as the UN, the Euro­pean Uni­on and UNICEF, but they must also crea­te some­thing new. Bes­i­de the Euro­pean net­work an inter­na­tio­nal net­work of Green seni­ors should be founded.


  1. In order to save life on earth the com­pe­ti­ti­on can­not be one bet­ween the tra­di­tio­nal poli­ti­cal par­ties, but one bet­ween sci­ence, indus­try and tech­no­lo­gy on one side and the eco­lo­gists on the other. If sci­ence can­not find a solu­ti­on, the­re can only be the solu­ti­ons of the Green Move­ment which mean living in ano­ther way, crea­ting ano­ther eco­no­my or con­side­ring other terms of pro­spe­ri­ty for our fami­lies and nati­ons, i.e. terms for the use of values and not terms for the exch­an­ge of values.


  1. If sci­ence does not offer alter­na­ti­ves, the world will be forced to live dif­fer­ent­ly. This can lead to vio­lent con­flicts becau­se of the lack of water and other resour­ces. The eco­lo­gists, who are always war­ning that such con­flicts may occur, must defend the cohe­si­on in inter­na­tio­nal demo­cra­cy and ther­eby avo­id wars and vio­lence in the best pos­si­ble way.


All the­se points are the reason why we must streng­then the Green Move­ment on an inter­na­tio­nal level. The­r­e­fo­re the ENGS needs poli­ti­cal­ly moti­va­ted peo­p­le, who are wil­ling to help reach the­se goals.


Und hier kommt die Geschichte: 







Histo­ry of the ENGS




07.12.2005                 Foun­ded in the EU Par­lia­ment in Brussels with repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of  8 par­ties from 7 countries.

                                   They endor­sed the “Decla­ra­ti­on of Brussels”.


26.6.2006                   2nd Gene­ral Mee­ting in the Land­tag (NRW Par­lia­ment), Düsseldorf/Germany with repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of 9 par­ties from 8 count­ries with the fol­lo­wing workshops:

  • Fight against pover­ty of elder­ly peo­p­le (Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel, Austria)
  • Age dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on on the labour mar­ket (Kaa­ri­na Kytö­maa, Finland)
  • Eco­no­my wit­hout growth (Dr. W. Knabe)
  • Towards an Euro­pean Green Par­ty (Ludo Diericks)
  • Lec­tu­re about Housing for Elder­ly (Harald Wöl­ter)


13./14.10.2006           ENGS was repre­sen­ted at the EGP-Con­gress in Geneva/Swizerland,                                 Switz­er­land with an own stand in front of the mee­ting auditorium.


28.–30.12.200             Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee of ENGS meets in Vienna/Austria as guests of the IGS 

(Initia­ti­ve Grü­ne Senio­rIn­nen) and of the DGS (Die Grü­ne Senio­rin­nen) to orga­ni­ze the next gene­ral meeting.


18./19.5.2007             Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee of ENGS meets in Brussels/Belgium with repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from 9 par­ties. First rea­ding and dis­cus­sion on the ENGS-Manifesto.


12.–14.10.2007           3rd Gene­ral Mee­ting of ENGS at the 7th EGP-Coun­cil Mee­ting in in Vienna/Austria, com­bi­ned with a frin­ge meeting: 

  • Chall­enge or Oppor­tu­ni­ty for the Green Par­ty at the Euro­pean Elections”

and a cli­ma­te chan­ge demons­tra­ti­on (Action: Mel­ting North and South Poles – Dan­ger for Ice­be­ars) in the Vien­na shop­ping area and a lec­tu­re about: 

  • Vio­lence against Elder­ly Peo­p­le”, atten­ded for the first time by repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Mal­ta, Roma­nia, the Czech Repu­blic and Ireland.


19.–21.12.2007           Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee of ENGS meets in KV Mül­heim an der Ruhr/Germany as guests of “Die Grü­nen Alten”. The ENGS-Mani­festo is fina­li­zed and the action points for 2008 are defined.


11–13.04.2008            During the 8th  EGP-Coun­cil in Ljubljana/Slovenia, ENGS got the offi­ci­al sta­tus of “EGP-Obser­ver”


11.04.2008                 Frin­ge Mee­ting in Ljubjana/Slovenia: “In Good times and in Bad Times – Towards a New Gene­ra­ti­on Contract”. 

Repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Bel­gi­um, Ger­ma­ny, Net­her­lands, Ire­land, Aus­tria and from FEYG (Fede­ra­ti­on Euro­pean Young Green) were present.


01.05.2008                 Glo­bal Greens Coun­cil in Sao Paulo/Brazil: Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on as dele­ga­te by Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel, who repre­sen­ted ENGS 


9–11.5.2008                FYEG event in Berlin/Germany Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel atten­ded for ENGS 


28.–31.08.2008           Sum­mer Green Aca­de­my in Frank­furt am Oder/Germany – Workshop: 

A New Trea­ty bet­ween Young and Old“ held by Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel and Ute Schmitz


26–27.09.2008            4th Gene­ral Mee­ting of ENGS in Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

Sta­tu­tes were appro­ved for ENGS to beco­me a INPO- Inter­na­tio­nal Non Pro­fit Organisation.


09.–12.10.2008           9th Coun­cil Mee­ting of the EGP in Paris/France – Frin­ge Mee­ting on “Assis­tence to Elder­ly Migrants”


25–26.03.2009            5th Gene­ral Mee­ting in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in Brussels/Belgium

  • Frin­ge Mee­ting “ Against Incre­asing Libe­ra­li­sa­ti­on of Social Ser­vices in Europe” 
  • ENGS elec­ted its new board” for the next 3 years.


10.08.2009                 Reco­gni­ti­on of ENGS as an Inter­na­tio­nal Non Pro­fit Orga­ni­sa­ti­on – INPO , under the Bel­gi­an regis­ter num­ber 0818.851.234


15.–18.10.2009           6th Gene­ral Mee­ting and Board Mee­ting in Mal­mö, Swe­den – ENGS sends the dele­ga­te Tony Core­man to the Euro­pean Working Group on “The Future of the EGP” – Frin­ge mee­ting on “Seni­or Citi­zens Rights” – 

  • Lec­tures: »Roots of Ageism« Lucil­le O ›Shea
  • Inter­na­tio­nal Elder­ly Rights and Obli­ga­ti­ons”‹ Ani­ta Kelles
  • »Age Bor­der Laws« Tom van der Wal
  • Paper: »Elder­ly Rights in the Euro­pean Char­ter for Safe­guar­ding of Human Rights in the City« Ute Schmitz
  • Power Point Pre­sen­ta­ti­on: »Pro­po­sal of Elder­ly Decla­ra­ti­on of Right« Bir­git Meinhard-Schiebel

12.–13.2.2010             Board Mee­ting in Gro­en Secre­ta­riaat, Ant­wer­pen, Bel­gi­um. First idea of the visi­on to deve­lop a White Paper and start of Euro­pean Work­group with a White Paper on “Ano­ther Age­ing is Possible”
18.–19.03.2010           Board Mee­ting at the 12th EGP Coun­cil in Bar­ce­lo­na, Spain; and Frin­ge Mee­ting: “Hap­pi­ness as an Aspect of a New Age­ing- Ano­ther Age­ing is Pos­si­ble” –Work for White Paper


03.–04.06.2010           Board Mee­ting in Ant­wer­pen, Bel­gi­um –Coöpe­ra­ti­on of ENGS with EGF (Euro­pean Green Foun­da­ti­on) con­cer­ning the White Paper 

  • ENGS sent 3 dele­ga­tes to Istan­bul in July 2010 –


July 2010                   Euro­pean Social Forum in Istanbul,Türkei: Work­shop and dis­tri­bu­ti­on of the ques­ti­on­n­aire about: Social Pro­grams, Good Poli­ci­es and Hap­py Age­ing Iin­di­ca­tors for Elder­ly for White Paper (Ani­ta Kel­les, Lucil­le Ryan O›Shea and Bir­git Schiebel-Meinhard)


August 2010              August 2010 FYEG 20th anni­ver­sa­ry mee­ting in Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny: Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel and Ute Schmitz; 

  • Power point pre­sen­ta­ti­on on ENGS, Dis­tri­bu­ti­on of the ques­ti­on­n­aire about: Social Pro­grams, Good Poli­ci­es and Hap­py Age­ing Indi­ca­tors for Elder­ly for White Paper

       (Bir­git Schie­bel Mein­hard und Ute Schmitz)


29.07 – 01.08.2010    Uni­ver­si­dad Ver­de de Ver­ano  –  Bei­re-Pam­plo­na, Spain; start up, launch from “Red de Ver­des Mayo­res”, a Spa­nish fede­ra­ti­on of Green Seni­ors. Annet­te Mug­gen­tha­ler and Colin Lyne take the lead, atten­ded by Tony Cooreman


19–20.08.2010            Jour­nées d’été du ras­sem­blem­ent éco­lo­gis­te– Nan­tes, France –

  • pre­sen­ta­ti­on Seni­or working – start up of a French Green Seni­ors Group – 
  • Joce­ly­ne Le Bouli­caut takes the lead, atten­ded by Tony Cooreman


07.–10.10.2010           Board- and 7th Gene­ral and Frin­ge Mee­ting at the occa­si­on of the 13th EGP Coun­cil in Tal­linn, Estonia 

  • Elec­tion of 2 new board mem­bers and a new vice-chair­wo­man, Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel and a new tre­asurer, Ria Kaatee. 
  • Pre­sen­ta­ti­on of our new web­site : www.greenseniors.eu ,
  • dis­tri­bu­ti­on of ques­ti­on­n­aires for White Paper, 
  • Tony Coo­re­man con­gra­tu­la­ted Wil­helm Kna­be, the co-foun­der of ENGS to his 87th bir­th­day in the hall of the Coun­cil. Wilhelm’s words of thanks included his life with retro­s­pect and pro­s­pects for young and old.
  • ENGS wel­co­mes two new ENGS mem­bers: France – “Com­mis­si­on Vieil­les­se et Soli­da­ri­té ent­re les Générations”with Joce­ly­ne Le Bouli­caut as chair­wo­man and Spain –“Red de Ver­des Mayo­res ” with the chair­wo­man Annet­te Muggenthaler.
  • Frin­ge Mee­ting “ Ano­ther Age­ing for Europe!”with guest spea­k­er Didier Coeur­nel­le from Eco­lo ‑Bel­gi­um


Decem­ber 2010          Published by Green Euro­pean Foun­da­ti­on for ENGS: “Ano­ther Age­ing for Euro­pe! –ENGS White Paper with Age­ing Com­pass and Hap­py Age­ing Indi­ca­tors” and the finan­cial sup­port of the Euro­pean Parliament.


17./18.02.2011           Board Mee­ting, Gro­en! Secre­ta­riaat, Sta­tie­stra­at 146 – 2600 Ber­chem – Ant­wer­pen, Belgium 


02.04.2011                 Frin­ge Mee­ting Buda­pest, Hun­ga­ry “Elder­ly Peo­p­le Now and Elder­ly Peo­p­le in the Future – The Social Dimen­si­on of Ageing“


11–12.11.2011            7th Gene­ral Mee­ting and Board Mee­ting in Paris, France at the EGP-Congress 

  • Start­ing in Paris, France the YOU TUBE Film with the the­me: Why should Seni­ors vote for Euro­pean Green Par­ties? Title: “Euro­pean Seni­ors go Green” with the song: I am green, green, green…. with pro­mi­nent Euro­pean politicians


09–10.11.2012            9th Board Mee­ting (7.30 – 10.00h) and Gene­ral Mee­ting (18.00 – 19.00h) at 17th Coun­cil Mee­ting of EGP in Athens, Greece

  • Frin­ge Mee­ting “From Age Fri­end­ly Cities to an Age Fri­end­ly Euro­pe” pre­sen­ter Joce­ly­ne Le Boulicaut


16.03.2013                 10th Extra Board Mee­ting (10.00 to 17.00 h) in offices of Gro­en in Ant­wer­pen, Ber­chem, Belgium


10–11.05.2013                 8th Board Mee­ting at 16th Coun­cil mee­ting in Copen­ha­gen, Denmark

  • Frin­ge Mee­ting: “Age Fri­end­ly Cities” guest spea­k­er with Jean Lam­bert from Lon­don MEP and Pierre Hemon, depu­ty mayor of Lyon, France, and pre­sen­ter Joce­ly­ne Le Boulicaut 


10.05.2013                 11th Board Mee­ting (11.30 to 13.40 h) and Gene­ral Assem­bly (11.00 to 12.45 h) at EGP-Coun­cil in Madrid, Spain

                                   Frin­ge Mee­ting (14.00 to 15.30 h) “Age Dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on is still a Serious Offense”


08.11.2013                 Board Mee­ting  (16.30 to 18.30 h) at the EGP-Coun­cil in Brussels, Bel­gi­um


21.03.2014                 Extra Board Mee­ting in Mül­heim an der Ruhr, Ger­ma­ny


07.11. 2014                Board Mee­ting (14,00 to 16,00 h) and Gene­ral Mee­ting (10,30 to 12,30 h) in Istan­bul, Tur­key. Four the­mes are in future our spe­cial themes:

  • Decla­ra­ti­on of Seni­or Citi­zens Rights
  • Age Dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on
  • Age Pover­ty
  • A Pen­si­on Model for Europe


Gene­ral Assem­bly: We deci­ded to work with a new con­cept: We get in cont­act with Euro­pean Poli­ti­ci­ans who are respon­si­ble for gene­ra­ti­on poli­cy and wish a good exchange.


We had the work­shop (19.00 to 21,00 h) for all gene­ra­ti­ons: “How to crea­te a suc­cessful elec­tion cam­paign?” with Johan­nes Hill­je, cam­paign mana­ger, Euro­pean Greens, Brussels 


15.05.2015                 Board Mee­ting and Gene­ral Assem­bly at EGP Coun­cil in Zagreb/ Croa­tia (15. – 17.5.2015)


                                   Our Work­shop ”Cli­ma­te Chan­ge – the long way to save the World”


13.11.2015                 Board Mee­ting and Gene­ral Assem­bly at 23th EGP Coun­cil (13.–15.11.2015) in Lyon/France


                                   Our Work­shop “Fight against Cli­ma­te Pover­ty”  – espe­ci­al­ly women and elder­ly have pro­blems with the cli­ma­te change


20.5.2016                   Board Mee­ting and Gene­ral Assem­bly in Utrecht/ the Net­her­lands. New board was elected: 

  • Chair­wo­man Annet­te Mug­gen­tha­ler (D)
  • Vice Chair­wo­man Vivi­an­ne Gun­n­ars­son (S)
  • Tre­asurer Tony Coo­re­man (B)
  • Gene­ral Secre­ta­ry Frank Hau­ser (D)
  • Legal Offi­cer Rei­no Lam­pi­nen (FI)   
  • Press Offi­cer Bir­git Mein­hard-Schie­bel (A)


2–3.12.2016                Gene­ral Assem­bly in Glasgow/Scotland at EGP Coun­cil. The mee­ting con­cen­tra­ted to the future of the ENGS: in order to get more Count­ries to ENGS new direct cont­acts should be taken to big Euro­pean orga­ni­sa­ti­ons as France, Ita­ly and UK. 


After brain­stor­ming the fol­lo­wing list of prio­ri­ties was presented:

-          Cli­ma­te Chan­ge and the elderly 

-          Cli­ma­te Chan­ge under the aspects of housing

-          What is to do on ageism in working markets?

-          Labour law and anti dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on acts 

-          Gen­der pay gap and Gen­der pen­si­on gap


A frin­ge mee­ting was held on Gen­der pen­si­on gap. Chair­wo­man Annet­te Mug­gen­tha­ler pre­sen­ted. Seve­ral par­ti­ci­pan­ts from the EGP attended.


1.4.2017                     Gene­ral Assem­bly in Liverpool/UK, at the EGP Coun­cil and Glo­bal Greens Congress. 

  • Dis­cus­sion on the com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on of Mem­bers bet­ween meetings
  • Exten­si­on of the ENGS
  • Plan­ning of an extra­or­di­na­ry mee­ting of the Board, 28−30.7. in Hamburg
  • Comm­ents by the ENGS on the State­ment on “the third pil­lar (of the EU) on social rights, an age per­spec­ti­ve” to be adopted as a reso­lu­ti­on of the EGP


A frin­ge mee­ting with seve­ral par­ti­ci­pan­ts out­side ENGS was held on the future update of ENGS Manifesto.
















































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