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29th April, the European Day of Solidarity between Generations

This year marks five years since the International Conference on Intergenerational Solidarity for Cohesive and Sustainable Societies. It was organized by Slovenia in cooperation with the European Commission and several non-governmental organizations during Slovenian presidency of the EU Council. The purpose of the conference was to highlight the need for intergenerational cooperation and solidarity in a time of increasingly drastic demographic changes. At the conference was also issued a proposal to mark the 29th April as European Day of Solidarity between Generations.

Proposal on the celebration of the 29th April has come to life quickly and since 2009, 29 April marked as a day of solidarity between the generations across Europe and beyond its borders. So this year iApril a number of events, performances and other activities on the theme of intergenerational solidarity will be held across the European Union. 

2013 is described as the European Year of Citizens and is dedicated to European Union citizens and their rights. The European Commission wishes to connect the program of the European Year of Citizens 2013 to the objectives of the last year's European Year, which was dedicated to active aging and intergenerational relations.

Connecting the ideas of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, is a good opportunity to re-think the need for solidarity between the generations, this year with a special emphasis on the rights of European citizens.