The importance of dealing with the Active Ageing process is stressed in the EU Green Paper "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations" (COM(2005)), and widely discussed in the Conference under the same name, held in Charlemagne Conference Centre Brussels in July 2005. As it seems to be one of the major topics in the Civil Society sector for the next years, the CSOs in Bulgaria and Romania, who are not much experienced in this area, have to take some major steps to ensure that the challenges of population ageing and the concerns of older persons are adequately incorporated into their programmes and projects.
The direct target groups of the proposal are CSOs from Bulgaria and Romania, interested to develop activities and policies in the above mentioned Civil Society sector. The indirect target group are the older (55+) people in Bulgaria and Romania, who will benefit in their situation from the increased activities of the CSOs and will count on better advocacy and representation from the “third sector” institutions.
The main activities cover local and national researches on the topic, formation of networks of CSOs involved in active ageing in Bulgaria and Romania, workshops and seminars for improving their capacity, establishing contacts with EU CSOs and networks active in the area, and building future partnership through web-based platform, future partnership projects, and possible establishment of new CSO structures. The activities also cover wide publicity of the actions and active involvement of the older people themselves