The National Closing Conference of the European Year 2012 in Slovakia took place in Bratislava on December 14th under the title “Human Rights through Intergenerational Dialogue”. Jointly organised by the Government Office of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the conference invited participants to debate about solidarity and dialogue between generations.
In his opening speech Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, reminded the audience that the aim of the conference was to become one of the starting points for the “creation of the forthcoming national strategy for the protection and support of human rights in the Slovak Republic.”
The National Coordinator of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Mária Jedličková, together with the Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovakia, Dušan Chrenek, National EY2012 Ambassadors and other speakers presented some of the initiatives and activities organised throughout these last 12 months and expressed their desire for these actions to continue.
Mrs. Jedličková said she strongly believes that the efforts and good work of all those involved in increasing the intergenerational dialog will not conclude at the end of the EY2012. “This European Year has contributed to the creation of a platform of individuals and organisations that believe that all generations can live a good life together, and this is only possible by involving all age groups in the process and enhancing solidarity.”
The conference honoured the Slovak national winners of the European Year 2012 Awards, who had the chance to present their projects. There was also a marketplace with the presence of some of the most emblematic senior-related activities and organisations of the country.
On the eve of the conference, the Ceremony of the 2012 Human Rights Awards of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic was held in the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava. In the context of the European Year 2012 one of the awards was given to Slovak sociologist Zora Bútorová. Mrs. Bútorová is actively involved in active ageing issues and intergenerational solidarity dialogue in Slovakia. Besides writing studies and articles for academic journals and print media, she regularly analyses the public opinion about gender and age issues in comprehensive country reports.
Picture gallery of the event.
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For more information about the European Year 2012 in Slovakia you may visit this website.