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September 8, 2021

Active Ageing Agreement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Chaten @ 1:38 PM

After nine months of negotiations, EU employers and trade unions have approved a framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach. The agreement aims to ensure a healthy, safe and productive working 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 experience between generations in the workplace and to take into account changing national demographic and labour market realities. BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP and the ETUC will sign the agreement and deliver it on Wednesday 8 March to the President of the European Commission, Juncker, the President of the Council, Mr Tusk, and the Maltese Prime Minister Muscat, at the signing ceremony. In the Framework Agreement on Active Ageing, the European social partners outline a series of measures to be implemented to “improve the ability of workers of all ages to remain healthy and active in the labour market until the legal retirement age and to strengthen a culture of responsibility, commitment, respect and dignity in all workplaces, where all workers, regardless of age, are considered important.” These proposals, which are in line with the EGM recommendations on access to employment, highlighted in our response to the introduction of the European Pillar of Social Rights by the European Commission, are extremely important for creating sustainable working environments and jobs and contributing to the sustainability of pension systems as institutions of solidarity between generations. During the 29th AGE Platform Europe welcomes both the agreement of the European social partners on active ageing and the intergenerational approach adopted last month and the proposal for a directive to promote the reconciliation of work and private life under the European Pillar of Social Rights, presented by the European Commission on 26 April. The EGM now calls on the European Parliament and EU Member States to swiftly adopt the EU pillar as a framework that supports greater solidarity between generations and has a positive impact on millions of European citizens. Ensuring active ageing and an intergenerational approach requires a common commitment from employers, workers and their representatives, but the European Union and national authorities also play a role in putting in place the necessary support framework. “This agreement shows the strength of the social partners when they come together and agree on a concrete agenda,” said Heinz Becker, MEP, during the presentation of the event. “It is very important to achieve the principle of healthy aging, which should start at an early age.” On 27 The AGE Platform Europe and the Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity of the European Parliament organised, in collaboration with the EPP and ALDE Groups, a debate on breakfast in the European Parliament on the occasion of the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity, with a presentation by the European social partners on active ageing and an intergenerational approach, and a debate on what the EU and civil society can do to support active ageing. and solidarity between generations.

This agreement is implemented by the members of the signatory organisations throughout Europe. The proposal to give workers the right to get five days of paid care leave is more than welcome, as it allows workers to deal with emergency situations where a close relative suddenly needs their help and long-term care needs to be arranged for them. . . .

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