Älter ist nicht gern gesehen…

Demografie-Conference Poetry Slam from Svenja Gräfen


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Merry Christmas and happy New Year 2016


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Speech in City Council Vienna December 2016


City Council Vienna, Budget Discussion, 12 December 2016

EUROPE Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel

A week ago yesterday, something happened, the importance of which may only become apparent in a few years.

The Austrian population made a choice and thus took a decision which was noted all over the world.

Politics during the last months had been characterized by an almost unstoppable rise of right populist and extreme right parties and by so-called ‘anger votes’ at referenda, which quite often left behind them a ‘political pile of broken glass’.

But on December 4, something happened, that seems like a fairy tale, considering the events worldwide: A small people in Central Europe defies the tendency noted everywhere and clearly rebuffs rightwing populism and demagogics!

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Green Seniors FINLAND



ENGS  Reino Lampinen 10 December 2016

Activities of the Green seniors in Finland

During this year our two associations, the nation wide Ikävihreätand the local Helsinki group, IKIVI (altogether c. 50 members)have concentrated on the resistance to two political issues:

- citizen initiative to raise the work pensions by modifying the index from today’s balanced one (80 % depending on the change of consumer costs and 20 % on the change of wages) to follow exclusively the wage index
- proposal by the Government to decrease the ratio of nursing personnel to the patients in care of the elderly from 0,5 to 0,4.

The citizen initiative that gets at least 50 000 signatures in six months will be handled and decided by the Parliament. This one was highly successful with 85 000 signatures. It was presented to the Parliament 8 November. The previous day Ikävihreät and the association of Young Greens and Students launched a common stance stating that the proposal would mean more support for the prosperous pensioners, no benefit for the poorest ones on the state basic pension (who’s pension index depend exclusive on the consumer price index). In addition, the only way to finance the raise of higher pensions would be raising the pension tariff (now in average 24 %) for those still in working life, and in particular for the younger generation.

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7. Altenbericht Deutschland

Am 11. November 2016 ist der 7. Altenbericht veröffentlicht worden. Als Bundestags-Drucksache 18/10210 ist er allen Interessierten zugänglich.

Der Titel: „Sorge und Mitverantwortung in der Kommune – Aufbau und Sicherung zukunftsfähiger Gemeinschaften“.

Der Altenbericht erklärt, welche Voraussetzungen vor Ort gegeben sein müssen, damit ein gutes Leben im Alter möglich ist. “Mit Blick auf Gesundheit, Pflege, Wohnen und Mobilität hat die zuständige Sachverständigenkommission herausgearbeitet, wie die Kommunen gesellschaftliche Teilhabe und eine möglichst lange selbstständige Lebensführung älter werdender Menschen sicherstellen können. Dabei hat die Kommission auch Defizite und Verbesserungsmöglichkeiten benannt sowie Empfehlungen an die Politik ausgesprochen.” (aus KDA-Forum Seniorenarbeit NRW, siehe LINK)

Der Siebte Altenbericht kann unter www.siebter-altenbericht.de

kostenlos heruntergeladen oder als Druckfassung bestellt werden.

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ENGS Team complete – Glasgow EGP 2016


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Gender Pension Gap at EGP 2016 Glasgow

Why women have low pension after familywork, care, parttime-jobs – the gender pension gap is leading to agepovertyIMG_0192

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European Green Council 2. – 4. 12.2016


We hope to meet you there! European Network Green Seniors will be on stage.

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Glasgow EGP is calling – ENGS Fringe Meeting

We prepared for this important topic:

Our Fringe Meeting on the Program of  European Green Council

Glasgow, 2.-4.12.2016 – Guests are very welcome

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Central European Round Table – Report

Dear all,
as announced, the website with the documents and downloads of the 12th CERT is now almost finished (except the presentation from Sofia that is coming soon), and you can find some photos, too:
Best regards,

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