Active Senior Citizens for Europe: A Guide to the EU

The purpose of this brochure is to help senior citizens across the Union understand better what the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU bring to older people in terms of citizenship, non-discrimination and equality between women and men, fundamental rights, employment, social protection, health safety and economic interest of consumers, human health protection and protection against violence and elder abuse.

It will also present what the EU plans to do to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities and of older people, as an outcome of the ratification by the European Union of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2011.

Table of contents

Introduction 7

I. EU legal framework and political context 9
EU Primary law: EU treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights 9
EU Budget and EU funding 14
The Europe 2020 Strategy 15
The European Semester 17
Useful links and references 20

II. EU action to promote older people’s rights 21
Active Citizenship and the voice of older people in policy-making 21
Anti-discrimination 22
Employment 29
Education and lifelong learning 30
Coordination of social protection at EU level 32
Pensions 33
Social Inclusion and social participation 36
Volunteering 38
Health promotion and coordination of national healthcare systems 40
Research and Innovation 48
Accessibility to goods and services 50
Consumers’ rights 54

III. The European and international institutions, and decision making processes 59
The European Parliament 59
The European Council 63
The Council of the European Union 64
The European Commission 66
Consultative Bodies of the EU 69
EU decision-making procedures 72
Other International institutions 73

IV. Annexes 79
The EU Treaties at a glance 79

Date: 11/01/2012
Author: AGE Platform Europe
Organization: AGE Platform Europe
Only for Members: No
Content type: Presentation
Tags: best practices, generations, participation, social participation, senior generation