Efus’ working group on senior citizens discusses better safety practices and quality of life during first meeting in Barcelona

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Barcelona, Spain, November 2014 –  Efus and the Directorate-General of Security of the autonomous government of Catalonia (Spain) organised the first meeting of the working group on senior citizens, on 20 and 21 November, in Barcelona.

Gathering participants from all around Europe, the meeting was focused on local practices implemented by cities member of Efus regarding the safety of elderly people. The objective was to get a clearer picture of local actions carried out throughout Europe and to identify which ones could be used as benchmark.

The working group seeks not only to work on the safety of senior citizens but also on ways to foster their active integration in society and to promote cooperation among generations, in particular with young people.

On the first of the two-day meeting, held in Mollet del Vallès, participants discussed their experience and exchanged with senior citizens, police officers and experts. The following day, members of the working group took part in a workshop held in Barcelona, which was open to the public and gathered 168 attendees including representatives from Brno (Czech Republic), Lyon (France), Charleroi (Belgium), Matosinhos (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain), Terrassa (Spain), l’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain), Santa Coloma de Gramanet (Spain) and the Generalitat of Catalonia (Spain).

The Minister of the Interior of Catalonia, Ramon Espadaler, and Efus Executive Director, Elizabeth Johnston, introduced the workshop during which representatives from various local and regional institutions presented their experience and challenges.

Since the working group was set up, other Efus members and partners have joined and will take part in its activities: Bellaria Igea Marina (Italy), the Emilia Romagna region (Italy), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Liege (Belgium), Setubal (Portugal), Lisbon (Portugal), and Solna (Sweden).