AGE Platform Europe is a European network of more than 150 organisations of and for people aged 50+ representing directly over 40 million older people in Europe.
Our work focuses on a wide range of policy areas that impact on older and retired people. These include issues of anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, social protection, pension reforms, social inclusion, health, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, research, accessibility of public transport and of the build environment, and new technologies (ICT). AGE Platform Europe takes also active part in several EU projects.
The purpose of our work is to voice and promote the interests of the 190 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most. We seek to give a voice to older and retired people in the EU policy debates, through the active participation of their representative organisations at EU, national, regional and local levels, and provides a European platform for the exchange of experience and best practices. We also aim to inform older people on their rights as EU citizen or resident and on EU policy making processes and recent EU policy development.
AGE Platform Europe was set up in January 2001 following a process of discussion on how to improve and strengthen cooperation between older people’s organizations at EU level. Membership is open to European, national and regional organizations, and to both organizations of older people and organizations for older people. Organizations of older people will have the majority of votes in our decision-making bodies. Membership is open only to non-profit-making organizations. Our work is financed by grants of the European Union, membership fees and donations.
AGE Platform Europe is governed by the General Assembly composed of all AGE’s members, and by its elected representatives meeting in an Executive Committee and a Council of Administration. AGE Secretariat is responsible for the administrative day-to-day management of the association and for liaising with the EU institutions. It is based in Brussels (Rue Froissart 111, 1040 Brussels, Tel. +32.2.280.14.70, Fax: +32.2.280.15.22).
Staff Regulations: According to our Statutes, the Secretary General has sole responsibility for the day-to-day management of staff, who report to the Secretary General. The Secretary General reports to the Executive Committee.
Staff Regulations are regularly updated in consultation with staff members. Each new staff member receives a copy of the Staff Regulations together with her/his contract. Staff members are expected to respect AGE staff regulations. Within the Executive Committee, one Vice-President is responsible for staff issues.
Activities implemented in the framework of AGE action 2014 were financed partly by membership fees and donations (20%) and partly by an Action Grant from the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS) managed by DG Justice (80%).
In addition to its PROGRESS Action Grant, AGE received a grant for:
The Active Senior Citizens for Europe (ASCE) project. It is a European project co-financed by European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture (70%) and by its partners (30%). It is coordinated by AGE Platform Europe, and gathers 10 partners from 8 EU member states.
The AFE INNOVNET project. It is a European project funded by CIP ICT PSP Programme. The consortium is composed of 29 partners and is led by a Steering Group composed of AGE Platform Europe, CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), TNO (Dutch Research Centre), Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, PAU Education and the Louth County Council (Ireland). The project will run in close cooperation with WHO Europe.
AGE has continued its work on European Research Projects throughout 2014, besides being involved in new proposals. AGE was partner of 17 projects dedicated to the well-being of older people when dealing with new technologies, health, accessibility and sustainable mobility. Those projects, financed mainly by FP7 and CIP PSP, are: Alliance2, ASAPS, Doremi, Engaged, EIII, Escape, Families & Societies, Haivisio, Home Sweet Home, Innovage, Irohla, JamToday, Mopact, Pace, Prosperity4all, Smart Care and UCH 2,0. AGE participation in EU research projects is covered at 100% by EU funding.
In October 2014, in order to support its campaign “Towards an age-friendly EU by 2020”, AGE Council members agreed to work with external partners – including corporate actors – who wish to join forces with AGE to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and help develop age-friendly goods, services and environments across the EU.
EURAG is a member of AGE.