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The Swedish National Closing event for the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 took place on November 29th at the Representation of the European Commission in Stockholm.
Around 100 participants attended the event, which began with an introduction from Lucia Bender, from the European Commission Representation in Sweden, who defined the closing ceremony as a bridge between the European Year 2012 and the coming European Year for Active Citizenship 2013. Afterwards, Åsa Lindh, General Director of the European Social Fund in Sweden, explained the key objectives of the campaigns and initiatives implemented throughout these months: Public Health, Society and Employment, Self-determination and Solidarity between Generations.
The key note speech of the event was delivered by Maria Larsson, Minister for Children and the Elderly, who highlighted the importance of the contribution of the elderly in today’s society. She particularly focused on their role in civil society and in terms of culture.
Anna Pettersson, on behalf of Minister of Social Insurance, presented the new pension system that is going to be introduced in the coming spring of 2013 in Sweden. She elaborated on how the new system will be more flexible in terms of the circumstances for employment and how it will allow retired pensioners to be more active and more employable.
The event was moderated and concluded by Hanna Zetterberg, who was the youngest member of the Swedish Parliament. Both the speakers and the audience concluded that it is indeed very important to give visibility to ageing-related initiatives happening across the country and in various sectors. However, they pointed out that it is also very important to show the legacy of these initiatives and show they will continue to promote active ageing and solidarity between generations in the years to come.
Attendees to the ceremony in Stockholm could also visit throughout the day an exhibition showing the Swedish participation in the initiatives launched by the European Commission during the EY2012, such as generations@schools, the Seniorforce Day and the Active Ageing Awards.
Picture gallery of the event.
Click here to browse through a selection of EY2012-related initiatives in Sweden.
Fore more information about the European Year 2012 in Sweden you may visit this website.