German town counsil writes history

05.10.2018 14:16:51 - Motion of the Seniors' Council resolution on rigid age limits in voluntary work and for a prohibition of age discrimination in the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz) was adopted unanimously on 27.9.2018.

(live-PR.com) - "The number of people aged 65 and over has increased tenfold in our society since 1871: today, that alone accounts for over 21% of the population, and never before, according to Minister Franziska Giffey, have so many older people been so healthy, so well educated and dedicated as today; they carry the majority of the burden of honorary work in


our society (Federal President Steinmeier). Since it is completely pointless that someone who was just allowed to take over a volunteer at 69, from his 70th birthday a day later to be considered as unsuitable for "- with these words led the Chairman of the Seniors' Council, Prof. Dr. med. Heinz-Günther Borck, his explanatory note to the motion for a resolution. Only personal suitability, not calendar age should be decisive for the assumption of honorary offices. Borck considered the age limit to be incompatible with prohibition of arbitrariness in the Basic Law and in the Land Constitution of Rhineland Palatinate and reminded that Koblenz was one of the first cities in Germany as early as 1975, which understood demographic change (increasing proportion of older people) as a municipal task and set up a forerunner of today’s seniors’ council.
The City Board had added a separate statement to the proposal of the Seniors' Council, in which it declared the application legally unobjectionable. All speakers of the Council groups, including Monika Artz, former chairwoman of the Seniors' council, and Free State voter (Freie Wähler)Stephan Wefelscheid, supported the resolution; it was then unanimously accepted with great applause.
The resolution should be sent to the provincial government with a request to work for the elimination of still existing rigid age limits in voluntary work; the Koblenz Landtag and Bundestag members should also be asked to participate.
For the first time ever, a municipal self-governing body has adopted such a resolution and thus set a milestone on the way to the age discrimination ban. The Senior Citizens' Council hopes for political decisions that will constitutionally secure the democratic participation of older people in the social decision-making process as demanded by the European Union (EU) in 2012(European Year for active aging and solidarity between the generations) and remove any obstacles that are in the way and thus counteract a division of society.Text of the adopted Resolution
The City Council of Koblenz asks the state government to work towards the abolition of strict upper age limits in the volunteer area. Only lack of aptitude, not arbitrarily fixed calendar age can justify exclusion in view of Art. 1-3 GG (Basic Law) and Art. 17 Verf.RP (constitution of Rhineland Palatinate) and the consequent prohibition of arbitrariness and discrimination. Rigid age limits exclude growing parts of the population from the perception of honorary offices in the face of the current demographic development: this makes it difficult for the municipal self-governing bodies to perform their duties and divides society.
In principle, Art. 3 (3) Basic Law should be supplemented by a prohibition of age discrimination, thereby aligning with Articles 21 and 25 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Press Information:
Seniorenbeirat der Stadt Koblenz (senior's council)

An der Liebfrauenkirche 20, 56075 Koblenz, Germany

Contact Person:
Prof. Dr. Heinz-Günther Borck
Phone: 00492611005026
eMail: eMail

Web: http://www.sb-ko.de


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