27 Apr

Intergenerational Solidarity Dialogue for Democratic Participation

27 April 2022 Brussels & Online
Intergenerational Solidarity Dialogue for Democratic Participation

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About the event

To mark the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, the Young European Socialists (YES) and the European Seniors Organisation (ESO), together with the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), organised an event bringing together young and old activists and policymakers to reflect on how civic education can empower people to exercise their right to participate.

On 24 February 2022, the PES Presidency stated both that “We fight for the right to participate at all ages” and that “young people must be empowered to make the changes Europe needs.” At a time of great uncertainty socialists and democrats are united in harnessing old and new forms of participation to promote fairness, sustainability and respect.

This event featured in-person panellists and attendees was live-streamed online.


18:00 – Introduction
● Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President and PES Presidency member

18:05 – First Panel: Transmitting knowledge, transmitting values: promoting citizenship education that fosters intergenerational solidarity
● Evelyn Logghe, YES Vice President
● Elisa Gambardella, Education and Lifelong Learning Coordinator – SOLIDAR Foundation
● Laura Sparavigna, Florence City Councilor, PD

18:45 – Second Panel: How can progressive parties and organisations support intergenerational solidarity in political participation?
● Victor Negrescu, MEP, Vice-chair of the CULT committee, President of PES Activists Romania, Founder Foundation for a Democratic Left (FEPS member organisation)
● Jos Bertrand, ESO President
● Ana Pirtshkalava, YES Secretary General

19:25 – Conclusion Keynote Speeches
● Alicia Homs Ginel, YES President, MEP, member of the EMPL committee
● Jos Bertrand, ESO President