Group of European Pensioners from Savings Banks and Financial Institutions


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One of the future's most important challenges is the fast demographic aging of the society. This challenge can only be reached with the participation of all generations.

The Intergenerational Solidarity is an obvious exigency that allows each person to find its place in the society, to progress and to contribute to the general welfare. The Intergenerational Solidarity must be considered as a social stability element.

This solidarity is based on two pillars, the national and collective solidarity and the familiar solidarity. The Group has to consider the coordination and the complementarity between the public and familiar solidarity in order to join our experiences, to continue with the society's public debate and to reflect on the intergenerational solidarity according to these five points of view:

  1. To better exploit the potential of each age category:
    • To stimulate the comprehension between the generations given that they all contribute in an essential way for the society.
    • To start social networks in order to offer to the elderly a worthy old age and a hopeful future to the young people.
  2. To modify the negative image of the elderly:
    • To recognize the value of the «new young grandparents» who are involved in the care and scholar support of their grandchildren and in the voluntary works.
    • To consider the experiences and moral values of the elderly not as social burden but as a way of transmission to the youngest.
  3. To invest in the youngest generations:
    • To fight against the dropping out of school and the employment precarity and to make minimum payments of insertion to  provide the entrance of the youngest to the labour market.
  4. To incorporate the family structure evolution. The solidarity is a social engagement that is often related   to the prevention and the support in dependency:
    • To share the national solidarity and the social statute with whom that take care of the sick people and specially the elderly.
    • To allow women to combine work and family life and help them to be inserted on the labour market.
  5. The governors must promote and adapt the public solidarities:
    • To finance the solidarity by social exchanges in order to respect the equity between the different age groups.
    • To make use of the economical growth to finance the intergenerational social policy and to fight against poverty and against inequalities during their lives.


Studies and Working Group.                                      OLBIA, Sardinia, 2nd April 2011