Paweł Rabiej, deputy Mayor for the city of Warsaw signed a strong commitment to principle 18 on long term care to the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The development of an elderly care system is on top of the social policy priorities of the city, given that a quarter of the city’s is over 60 years old.
Therefore, Warsaw commits, for the period 2019-2022, to encourage social activities and integration of senior citizens by:
· ensuring a cooperation between the city and its 19 Seniors Citizens Councils which are important voices of the senior citizens in Warsaw.
· providing financial support to 21 universities of the Third Age run by NGOs, helping elderly people to socialize and to develop their skills and hobbies.
· supporting the organisation and communication of events aiming to promote active seniority.
· setting up two innovative systems using technologies to support care services provided at home and in nursing homes (tele-service and tele-care, available 24/7). 7,000 elderly people would be concerned by this support.
· establishing new day support centres, increasing the number of facilities from 25 to 30 with the abilities to welcome 2,000 persons.
With this pledge, Paweł Rabiej, deputy Mayor, recalls the objective of Warsaw “to take care of its citizens and to improve their quality of life”. Read the full pledge below.
The pledge was presented during our Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw, in October, 2019. EUROCITIES’s initiative to collect city pledges on different principles of the EU social pillar started in 2019, with the a first event, at the European Parliament on 21 February and continues throughout 2020. Our goal is to influence the current discussion about the European Pillar of Social Rights at the EU level and to build an overall inclusive Europe with inclusive cities for all people.