Message to the members and friends of the European Federation of Older Persons – EURAG by Dirk Jarré, President

Message of the President of EURAG
“On the road of success – and an invitation to you”
Dear Members and Friends of the European Federation of Older Persons!
Today I would like to share with you information on EURAG’s late successes and great future opportunities.
In addition, I have the pleasure of combining this with a warm invitation to join us for the next exciting EURAG Conference and General Council meeting in Moscow.
After our very successful statutory meeting and thematic conference on “How do we care?” in Reykjavik, Iceland, in September 2018, we had our next important EURAG come-together in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the beginning of May 2019. This time our conference addressed the key issue “The aspects of Reducing Social Exclusion of Older Persons in Present Society”. It was opened by the Lithuanian Minister for Social Affairs with a very strong political statement on the issue, in which he also highlighted how important future oriented policies are and how the role of concerned civil society, like EURAG, has to be considered. Fifteen substantial contributions – three of them by high-ranked Lithuanian government representatives – lead us into the fascinating world of, partially scary, realities and of well-conceived social policies. We all learned a lot from each other and certainly sharpened our thinking about what is needed and what can be done to improve the situation of older persons in our society. Like in Reykjavik, we were received in Vilnius with outstanding hospitality and our EURAG meetings ended with remarkable results – and the accreditation of new member organisations!
And now I come to my special invitation to you:
On 19 to 21 September 2019, the next meetings and conference of the European Federation of Older Persons will take place in beautiful Moscow, Russian Federation, on the invitation of the Russian Union of Pensioners, one of our newest members – with 2.000 regional offices in 85 regions of the Russian Federation and around 1.500.000 adherents. Our hosts prepare an impressive program for us – with a thematic conference on “Lifelong Learning – the right of access to education for older persons”, an excursion day with sightseeing, a reception by the City of Moscow – and all support you may need to experience the largest and culturally extremely interesting city of Europe.
I strongly recommend that you – members or friends just interested in the work of EURAG – not to miss this outstanding opportunity!
For further information, please contact:
Eurag General Secretary, Dana Steinová – dana.steinova@aktivnistari.eu
Eurag Vice-President, Miloš Vajs – vajs.m@seznam.cz
I wish you all a very pleasant, happy and optimistic summertime!
With warm regards,
Yours Dirk Jarré, President of EURAG:  dirkjarre@aol.com