Launch of the Covenant on Demographic Change

07-12-2015 to 09-12-2015
Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium


Please note that registrations for the three-day event are now closed.

The 7 December Conference - Launch of the Covenant on Demographic Change - will be webstreamed: in order to watch it via Internet, please click here - (in English only)


The Covenant on Demographic Change will be launched on 7 December 2015 at the Committee of the Regions (Brussels), with the support of the European Commission and the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network.

The Covenant on Demographic Change will engage local and regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, committed to develop environments that support active and healthy ageing and contribute to increase the healthy life expectancy, enhance independent living and well-being of older persons and create a society for all ages

It will closely cooperate and build on existing initiatives such as the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the WHO-Europe Healthy City Network, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in the spirit of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe.

The following two days, 8 and 9 December, workshops will be organised to support local and regional authorities in developing and implementing an action plan on age-friendly environments.

8-9 December 2015, Brussels “Innovation for age-friendly environments in Europe: joint AFE-INNOVNET and AFEE workshops for policy makers”

The main purpose of these workshops is to support the design and practical implementation of action plans for age-friendly communities. Therefore these two-day events are open to experts and policy makers both from communities that have already committed to age-friendly actions and communities that are considering doing so in the future. The workshops will therefore support the goals of the Covenant.

After having been presented the outcomes and tools of AFE-INNOVNET and AFEE (Age-Friendly Environment in Europe, WHO Regional Office for Europe) in a plenary session, participants will breakout in several workshops to discuss in smaller groups how local and regional authorities can use each other’s experience to develop and implement action plans on age-friendly environments.

These workshops will cover a broad range of topics, from participatory approaches in initial needs’ assessments and planning, to the design of action plans in cross-sectoral cooperation, the definition of outputs and outcomes, and finally the monitoring and evaluation of results.

To read more about the Covenant, click here.


Practical information:

- From the airport:
          - Bus: The Airport Line is an 30-minute express service between Brussels Airport and the European quarter, at a stone's throw from the uptown shops. From Monday to Friday 8 pm the Airport Line is operated as an express service with number 12 and only serves the major stops. On weekdays after 8 pm, and the whole day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays the Airport Line is operated as a regular service with number 21, serving all stops. All MIVB/STIB buses depart from platform C. In order to save time and money, buy your ticket from the GO ticket vending machines before boarding. These machines accept Maestro bank cards, credit cards and coins. Tickets bought from the driver are more expensive. For real time information, you can visit the mobile website or download the STIB app for iPhone or Android (available in English)
          - Taxi: Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre of Brussels is normally around € 45. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem. Travellers are advised to avoid unlicensed taxis!
          - Train: The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). Keep your train ticket to hand upon arrival at Brussels Airport. You will need to scan it at the automated access gates. Up to 6 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations (+/- 15 - 30 min). Please click here for further information about the schedules and rates.

- From the Train station: International trains usually arrive at the "Midi Station" (or "Zuidstation" in Dutch). Different transport options are available:
          - Public transportation (bus, tramway, metro): Please refer to the STIB/MIVB      
          - Taxi: Cars are available at the exit of the train station