As 29 April marks the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, age Platform Europe welcomes both the agreement of The European social partners on active ageing and the intergenerational approach adopted last month, as well as the proposal for a directive on work-life balance within the framework of the European Social Rights Base launched on 26 April by the European Commission. AGE now calls on the European Parliament and EU Member States to quickly adopt the EU pillar as a framework that will support greater intergenerational solidarity and have a positive impact on millions of European citizens. On 27 April, the AGE Europe platform and the European Parliament`s intergroup on ageing and intergenerational solidarity hosted a breakfast in the European Parliament on the occasion of the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity, with a presentation by European social partners on their framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach, as well as a discussion on what the EU and civil society can do to support active ageing and solidarity. between generations. This agreement is implemented by members of signatory organisations across Europe. „This agreement shows the strength of the social partners when they meet and agree on a concrete agenda,“ said MEP Heinz Becker at the presentation of the event. „It is very important to achieve the principle of healthy aging, which should begin at an early age.“ After nine months of negotiations, EU employers and trade unions have approved a framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach. The agreement provides for a healthy, safe and productive work environment and work organisation so that workers of all ages can remain active until the legal retirement age. It aims to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experiences between generations in the workplace and to take into account changing national demographic realities and demographic realities of the labour market. Ensuring active ageing and an intergenerational approach requires a common commitment from employers, workers and their representatives, but the European Union and national authorities must also play a role in setting up the necessary support framework. In the Framework Agreement on Active Ageing, The European Social Partners present a number of measures to be implemented to „improve the ability of workers of all ages to remain healthy and active until the legal retirement age, and to reinforce a culture of responsibility, commitment, respect and dignity in all workplaces where all workers are considered important no matter how old they are.“ These proposals, in line with the EFA`s recommendations on access to employment, which were highlighted in our response to the European Commission`s introduction of the European Social Rights Base, are extremely important in creating sustainable working environments and jobs and contributing to the sustainability of pension systems as institutions of intergenerational solidarity. The proposal to allow workers to be entitled to five days of paid care leave is more than welcome, as it will allow workers to deal with emergencies where a close relative suddenly needs their support and long-term care needs to be arranged for them.
But five days will only take if there are enough long-term care facilities available to meet all the new care needs.