Framework Agreement On Active Ageing And An Inter-Generational Approach
On 8 March 2017, representatives of EU workers` and employers` organisations signed a framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach. After nine months of negotiations, this independent agreement is being implemented over a three-year period by the social partners at the national level. As 29 April marks the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, age Platform Europe welcomes both the agreement of The European social partners on active ageing and the intergenerational approach adopted last month, as well as the proposal for a directive on work-life balance within the framework of the European Social Rights Base launched on 26 April by the European Commission. AGE now calls on the European Parliament and EU Member States to quickly adopt the EU pillar as a framework that will support greater intergenerational solidarity and have a positive impact on millions of European citizens. “Our main concern is to ensure that employment contracts are truly relevant to economic and social development. For us, these two aspects are inseparable and must at the same time be developed taking into account the diversity of circumstances in Europe and their development. Increased productivity and job creation will enable us in the future to preserve the social well-being that characterizes Europe on a global scale,” said Maxime Cerutti, head of the social affairs department of BusinessEurope, one of Europe`s three employers` organisations. “This agreement shows the strength of the social partners when they meet and agree on a concrete agenda,” said MEP Heinz Becker at the presentation of the event. “It is very important to achieve the principle of healthy aging, which should begin at an early age.” This is the first time since the conclusion of the Autonomous Agreement on Inclusive Labour Markets in 2010. Does this show a new popularity of inter-professional social dialogue in Europe after several years of failure (notably the revision of the Working Time Directive in 2012 and discussions on reconciling work-life balance in 2016)? Since the establishment of social dialogue in Europe, nearly a dozen sectoral agreements have been concluded. The fault lies with the conflicting objectives of the social partners and the gradual disinvestment of the European Commission.
EURACTIV France. There seems to be a revival of employment contracts in Europe. When Claude Junker was appointed head of the European Commission, he pledged to make social dialogue an important part of his mandate. On 27 April, the AGE Europe platform and the European Parliament`s intergroup on ageing and intergenerational solidarity hosted a breakfast in the European Parliament on the occasion of the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity, with a presentation by European social partners on their framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach, as well as a discussion on what the EU and civil society can do to support active ageing and solidarity. between generations. In the Framework Agreement on Active Ageing, The European Social Partners present a number of measures to be implemented to “improve the ability of workers of all ages to remain healthy and active until the legal retirement age, and to reinforce a culture of responsibility, commitment, respect and dignity in all workplaces where all workers are considered important no matter how old they are.” These proposals, in line with the EFA`s recommendations on access to employment, which were highlighted in our response to the European Commission`s introduction of the European Social Rights Base, are extremely important in creating sustainable working environments and jobs and contributing to the sustainability of pension systems as institutions of intergenerational solidarity. The proposal to allow workers to be entitled to five days of paid care leave is more than welcome, as it will allow workers to cope with emergencies in which a close relative has suddenly