Since 2014 I have worked as a substitute in the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). The EMPL Committee is mainly responsible for employment policies as well as all aspects of social policy, working conditions, training, and free movement of workers and pensioners. Working in this committee is a new challenge for me, as I have been focused on foreign policy for almost fifty years. This became one of my pre-election promises after meeting many voters during the campaign who were concerned about seniors’ issues.
My agenda in this committee includes the fight against age discrimination, whether at work or in everyday life. It also includes the promotion of active ageing. The 50+ generation is not a burden, but a benefit for a society. My work in the committee also includes efforts to improve intergenerational relations.
In 2015, I was appointed the rapporteur for the EMPL Committee to the Report on implementation, results and overall assessment of the year 2012 which was the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Along with some other colleagues I am a member of European Parliament’s Intergroup for Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity.