Preparatory Action

The European Commission adopted on 30 November 2016 a financing decision for a preparatory action in the field of political participation and codetermination of the younger and older generations in Europe.

European demographic evolution is very challenging for the European Union’s economic development and sustainability of social systems. Between 2005 and 2030, the working age population (15-64) is due to fall by 20.8 million. Moreover, the demographic dependency ratio, as defined as the ratio of the population aged 0 to 14 and over 65 to the population aged between 15 and 64 years, will rise from a rate of 49% in 2005 to 66% in 2030. In response the EC has promoted a range of policies and programmes that promote active ageing and intergenerational solidarity.


Open Calls


Preparatory Action

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Eligible Applicants


Political participation and codetermination of the younger and older generations in Europe

The overall objective of this action is to coordinate research and networking activities, and promote dissemination and use of knowledge as regards the political participation of seniors and the young in EU Member States, and social dialogue with a view to inter-generational solidarity.

Objectives pursues are to examine how, where and to what extent representatives of senior and young citizens participate or are consulted in the policy making process; how well they can articulate their interests in order to contribute to policies concerning the sustainability of social security and health care, and policies which promote employment. Geographical coverage of activities and best-practices analysed should extend to at least 5 EU Member States.

Expected results should include advocacy and policy recommendations as regards greater inter-generational solidarity in social dialogue. Provide an overview of the current needs for strengthening existing initiatives of contribution of youth and seniors’ organisation to national and regional social dialogue processes.

Propose feasible options for EU level policy intervention fostering initiatives and support that could be provided by EU – in accordance with subsidiary principle.

Propose options on awareness-raising targeted at stakeholders of existing initiatives to create best practice exchange and networking, policy makers, experts.

Develop policy briefs with policy recommendations tailored made to social partners and policy makers. These should highlight ways of advancing in the integration of youth and seniors’ councils and organisations into social dialogue.

The duration of projects should be no more than 12 months.

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May 29, 2017