27 November 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Alfred Sant (S&D)
Subject: A European Grandparents’ Day
A European Grandparents’ Day would serve as a way to give recognition to the economic and social role still played by grandparents in post-modern society, in particular their role in keeping the structure of the family functioning beyond the limits of the nuclear family, thereby reinforcing the solidarity within communities that are increasingly becoming anomic. A European Grandparents’ Day would also serve to heighten awareness of the rights that could be recognised to grandparents as regards their relationships with the children of their children.
While taking into consideration its reply to Parliamentary Question E-013638/13, and bearing in mind that a grandparents day is celebrated in a number of Member States, as well as in other countries with which we share socio-cultural ties such as the USA, Canada and Australia, will the Commission consider initiating steps to establish a European day dedicated to grandparents?
19 January 2015
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the Commission
The Commission confirms that it does not have plans for a European grandparents’ day.