Michael Tiet Nielsen, representative of the European Platform AGE, ladies and
gentlemen of the Assembly, dear retired friends;
I don’t speak spanish very well, I am going to tell you a few words slowly so
you can all understand me.
are now at Salou, with its beautiful beach in the province of Tarragona, in the
prosperous Catalonia. A year has passed since our last Euromeeting and the sun
with its three hundred and sixty-five rotations has only brought us war,
destruction and death.
the “less young”, have already lived a great part of our lives and it is often
hard for us to accept this situation and we completely reject it. And for us,
the pensioners, what has happened during these twelve
think that most of us have kept the same monotony of our lives in all its
forms,... and this must change.
the motto “all for one and one for all”. Keeping on our side the power of reason
and all the effort and dedication we have put in to rise big finance buildings (speaking
metaphorically), and that we often have not been appreciated.
country sees its pensioners in a different way, or, in some cases, they don’t
even look at them.
the 2003 Euromeeting bulletin, I wrote a small article about the future European
Constitution asking whether it would bring us something good. I was also
interested in the article our colleague Jean Claude Chrétien wrote “Towards a
European Retirement”, because it expresses exactly what I think about the
a Europe formed by twenty-five countries, maybe for most of you this suggestion
must seem an utopia. And how many utopies have been concreted since the human
being appeared on our planet?
written precept “the same amount of work, the same salary” referreing to us
should be “the same retirements, the same pensions in all the countries of the
think that the study of our Honour President Mr José Lidón, based on surveys in
our Group’s different countries, could now be used as a motor for what our
colleague Chrétien suggets. With our membership to “The elderlies Platform AGE”,
we have the possibility of beginning what a lot of people consider an
each country of our Group, in all the European Union, there will be no financial
nor social inequalities as long as we all recognize being citizens of a new
Europe in the baking system.
will finish wishing you all to be in good health and that when you go back home
you find your family as well as possible.
Thank you very