don’t worry – just try it

many ways for successful aging…

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Wow – political education for elderly people

Senior Parliament – this is how political education works

Parliament Vienna, Austria, 25.5.2016

70 older persons coming from political factions of Parliament are working, for one day, as deputies and together they debate about an amendment to the law on pensions.

The task for the “federal deputies for one day” consisted of discussing and passing an important political decision, passed by the national assembly. The participants took their seats in the assembly hall of the Austrian Parliament. First, the coming into law and the procedures of a session of the federal council were being explained. The simulation included fractionation, preparation for the committee meeting of the faction, committee meeting of all parties and a full hour of plenary session.


One point was the bill to extend the retirement age to 68. All factions had the opportunity to raise their arguments during the discussion session. The Green faction, represented by the “federal counsellor” Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel, presented the proposed green pension model which does not increase the retirement age. This model has been calculated and prepared for many years; it guarantees the subsistence for older people now as well as for the following generations, thus following a new path for people of any age towards a secure old age.


The Green proposal also suggests to include the youth parliament in such discussions in order to make decisions with all generations – in accordance with Green social safeguards and generational justice.

This kind of political education should become a permanent institution in Parliament in order to offer political education also for older people.

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What we can learn, what we can use to cope with ageing. Development of technologies offers health and care services.

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New Zilverblad

Groen Plus Zilverblad – you want to know more?



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Solidarity and Freedom for Europe

Our result of our Parallel Session in Utrecht, 20.5.2016 – clear words, clear position




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Goals towards 2019 EGP



#ENGS2016 #EGP24
Strategy goals towards 2019
“…Our political action should be orientated in becoming a reliable ally of the main civil organisations that deals with environmental questions, but also with groups in many other social and political fields. The bridges are there: we just need to cross them. We should strive to try to provide opportunities of allowing people that want to be an active part of Europe to using EGP to do that.”

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Brandnew ENGS-Team


Tony Cooreman (Treasure), Ute Schmitz (was our Generalsecretary for long period, thank you so much), Marjatta Donner (was our Vice-chair-woman last period, thank you so much) Vivianne Gunnarsson (new Vice-Chair-Woman), Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel (new Press Officer), Frank Hauser (new Generalsecretary), Annette Muggenthaler (new Chair-Woman), Reino Lampinen (new Legal Adviser)

We would like to thank Tom van der Wal, Walter Decoene for years of working for ENGS.

Congratulation for the new ENGS-board, we will do our best!

For Generationpolicy, Elderly rights, against Age-Discrimination, Protection for healthy enviroment for our children and grandchildren, new housing-models for  Generations…

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ENGS at EGP Council, Utrecht 20.-22.2016


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Cultural moves are bridges – Report from Sweden

Last saturday, 20. 3. 2016,  80 delegates had gathered to vote for a New period of the Green Party, Stockholm region. In all 26 communities were assembled. The 80 delegates voted for a new board and the plan of the year.

The key-note speaker was our Green minister for culture and democracy, Alice Bah Ghunke. She  inspired us to move on as a civil society and work for a society with true democratic insight. We have the good fortune to live in a country which foster democracy through the work of great many NGOs .

Most Swedens have been members of one or more NGOs from an early age, such as scouting, nature and adventure associations, orchestras, choirs, Red Cross for young people etc. That foster a sence of community, collaboration and solidarity. We thereby learn democracy at an early age. Now when we get more people in the country with different backgrounds it will be very important to communicate the learnings we have got ourself about what democracy is. All types of cultural moves are bridges to better understanding between people of true democracy.


Vivianne Gunnarsson, Green seniors Sweden

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year

To all those who celebrate  Christmas
Our best wishes for freedom, peace and love
May the lights of the tree
Enlighten our minds, warm our hearts
May they spread wisdom, compassion and understanding
For those standing in the dark
Happy holidays and a very happy, peaceful and New Year
Birgit, Ute, Marjatta, Vivianne, Tony, Tom, Walter and ENGS-Friends

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