The third national debate on "Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations- state and prospects" was organized by the Team for the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction to the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence on 23 February 2012 in Niš.
On event welcomed Serbia’s efforts in addressing this subject especially in 2012, declared by the European Union as the year of active aging and inter-generational solidarity. The emphasis was on the importance of lifelong learning and grasping the potential of the elderly in Serbia. The participants stressed the need for a deep analysis of activities of elderly and their ways of life, the necessity to implement a policy of active aging and the importance of investing in social innovation based on examples of good practices. One of the main conclusions of the debate was the need of a more active role of the University of the Third Age and a public appeal to all relevant institutions at national and local levels, with a request not to miss an opportunity to improve active aging and lifelong learning programs.
The debate was opened by the Mayor of Niš, Mr. Miloš Simonović, and Mr. Predrag Petrović, Head of the Department for Population Policy and Financial Support to Families with Children in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. Mr. Marjan Sedmak, President of the Executive Committee of the AGE Platform Europe, presented the experiences of Slovenia and the European Union in developing of the active ageing policy.
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