1. Zveza društev upokojencev Slovenije (ZDUS); Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Associations (SFPA)

  2. The chairman´s name; dr. Mateja Kožuh Novak

  3. Contact details; matejakozuh@zdus-zveza.si, tajnistvo@zdus-zveza.si, alenka.ogrin@zdus-zveza.si, jozica.puhar@gmail.com

  4. Number of members organisations and individuals: 525 local associations in 13 regional federations.

  5. Date of creation: 1946

  6. Member of EURAG since when: 1982

  7. Main objectives of the organisation:

  • Concern for the realization of human rights of older people in Slovenia and fundamental freedoms;

  • Improving the economic and social situation of its members, retirees and the elderly;

  • Improving the quality of life of its members, retirees and elderly in all settings through programs of active and healthy aging;

  • Improving intergenerational relations;

  • Prevention of social exclusion of its members, retirees and the elderly;

  • The prevention of all forms of violence and discrimination against the elderly;

  • Cooperate with all agencies and organizations that can contribute to a higher quality of life of older people;

  • Active citizenship of older people and their integration in all forms of social dialogue, decision-making and participation, to the greatest extent possible advantage of their work and life experiences and knowledge;

  • Promoting voluntary mutual assistance for diseased and frail regardless of membership;

  • Concern for health promotion for the elderly;

  • Concern for international networking.

8. Description of its work and of special programmes;

- Concern for improving the economic and social situation of pensioners,

- Participation in training and improving the system of pension and disability

insurance, health insurance and health care,

- Concern for health promotion,

- Ensuring the provision of quality care and care at home and in institutional care,

- Obtaining and organizing volunteers and their education and training,

- To develop solidarity between generations and within the framework of the older


- Promotion of lifelong learning for the elderly,

- Addressing the housing problems of pensioners and elderly and promoting new forms

of living culture (e.g. cohousing),

- Formulating proposals for policies that consider the needs of older people,

- The establishment of general guidelines and care for the organization of recreational,

cultural, technical, sports and functioning of the elderly,

- Promoting adequate representation of pensioners and their organizations in the

decision-making institutions, which interfere with solving the problems of the older


- Concern for social and political integration,

 – Participation in standing and appointment of representatives of pensioners in various

administrative and national authorities in accordance with the regulations,

- Prevention of all processes, which pushed the elderly in social and political isolation,

- Concern for improving the organization of pensioners’ organizations and their mutual


- To promote cooperation with similar organizations abroad.

ZDUS as humanitarian organisation:

  • Promotes solidarity and human interaction as well as development of various forms of voluntary assistance and self-help care for the elderly, the sick and the disabled pensioners and seniors;

  • Detect, monitor and facilitate the social distress of older people;

  • Promotes advocacy for vulnerable individuals and social groups;

  • Reminds and encourages public and state authorities for planning and implementing joint programs to solve social distress;

9. Number of persons employed and of volunteers:

On the headquarters of the Association there are 8 employees; most of work in the clubs and regional and local associations is done by retired volunteers.

10. Main sources of financing: membership fee, pension fund subsidy, projects

11. Membership in other organisations/networks: EUROCARERS and in some networks on the national level

12. Used ways and means to influence ageing policies and to improve the living situation of older persons:

Preparing proposals for new legislation and amendments to existing one, connect with members under the terms of active citizenship; integration with other civil society organizations; cooperation and consultation with experts from various fields; proposing specific activities to political parties; participation in the working bodies of executive power in particular the Ministry of Labour and social Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cooperation with the executive bodies of local communities; participation in the management and control mechanisms, institutions, insurance companies and funds in which exercise the rights of the elderly; active presence in the elderly population over 69 years – voluntary assistance to frail and sick elderly across Slovenia provided by members; free counselling to seniors for the improvement of their housing conditions; free legal assistance to members of the organization or societies.

The most important assets are consultation, mediation proposals, advocacy, awareness raising campaigns, collecting signatures for a certain proposal. All tasks are performed through volunteering. Only the basic travel costs of participants for various activities are covered.

Brief description of the burning problems of older persons in Slovenia

  • Poverty of older persons with very low pensions,

  • The ongoing process of reducing pensions and care that in the process of crisis measures could lead to a further reduction of pensions,

  • Fear of full impoverishment of population while continuing privatization and high unemployment

  • The lack of opportunities to influence the decision-making processes in society,

  • Unfinished process of adopting the law on long-term care,

  • Many isolated seniors in urban areas and blocks of settlements,

  • The gradual privatization of health care organisations and reduce access to quality services,

  • Blocked real estate market, which makes it impossible to numerous changes in the living environment,

  • Neglect of knowledge and experience of older generations by important societal actors and young people.

  • Severe limitations of employment for retired persons,

  • No independent quality control in institutions for older persons,

  • Very limited possibilities for research projects for retired researches,

  • Very limited possibilities self help senior NGO′s for co-financing of projects for involvement of older people,

  • No support of active and healthy ageing of retired persons by the Gvmnt.

An indication on issues where a supportive intervention of EURAG might be useful or even necessary.

EURAG can help us in promoting our proposals and positions in the EU. It can help and lobby for adoption of directives, which have an impact on the socio-economic status of the population of European countries, especially the elderly. It can help raise awareness of citizens of European countries. We also need to adopt the UN Convention for the protection of the rights of the elderly. Only in this way with intensive participation in UN and EU bodies, AGE platform and other possible EK and EP bodies the solutions for the benefit of ageing European population will become obligatory for the governments and all other decision-making bodies.

Jožica PUHAR