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UARP on the fifth congress of the European Senior Citizens’ Union

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European Senior Citizens’ Union (ESCU) was founded in November 7, 1995. Nowadays it is a high-profiled force in Europe exhorted to assert older citizens’ rights in 30 countries.

 

Doctor Bernhard Worms who in the meantime chaired the Senior Citizens’ Union of Germany was elected ESCU President on the IV Congress in Brussels. He was continued in office for another term on the Fifth Congress as well which took place in Bonn at the end of April 2004.

 

In Germany one pays much attention to the issues of improvement of socially political life of the elderly. Ostensive proof of it is that many famous personalities took part in the Congress’ work. There were the former Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl (by the way, Bernhard Worms’ long-time friend), the prominent public woman and the Party Leader of the German CDU Dr Angela Merkel, the Mayoress of Bonn Pia Heckes, ESCU Secretary General Dr Conrad Schroeder, the deputy of the Europarliament, the leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament Prof. Hans-Gert Poettering and other outstanding political and public leaders.

 

On this representative forum Volodymyr Dzyobak, the Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Association of Retired Persons’ Council, represented Ukraine, the only country present out of the whole Union of Independent Countries. And it is not casually: as Dr Worms personally invited UARP to ESCU.

 

In his report Dr B. Worms emphasised that ESCU had been recognised in the Europarliament. He noted the significant importance of the basic document adopted the last year – “Magna Carta” – that defines the directions of social policy in respect of older citizens. “We have to go along, - says the reporter, - from historical tradition towards the society in which four generations will be living together”. Delegates and guests of the Congress were applauding Bernhard Worms when he declared: “We’re on our toes and will try our best to prevent any form of age discrimination either within the state, in the sphere of production, trade, in society or even within the family!”

 

Giving the finishing touch to the Congress, the ESCU President said: “As for me, the greatest challenge of ours is the “Role of the Elderly in Ageing Society” („Die Rolle der alteren Menschen in einer alternden Gesellschaft“). It is of great importance not to provoke any conflicts among generations, but, otherwise, to run a dialogue on the language of facts in order to overcome consequences of the situation in which our society happened to be”.

 

The Chairman of the UARP Council V. Dzyobak had a number of meetings with the representatives of civic organisations of different European countries concerned about the elderly’s problems. He thanked Bernhard Worms for the given opportunity to take part in the work of the Congress, to learn the experience in the struggle for the elderly’s rights, to meet with such a prominent statesman of modernity as Helmut Kohl, the person who had joined two parts of Germany.

 

At the end of his being to Bonn, the Chairman of the UARP Council invited Dr Bernhard Worms to visit Kyiv and to get to know the All-Ukrainian Association of Retired Persons’ activity made since his previous visit in 2002.


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