The opening conference on European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 in the Czech Republic has taken place in Prague, in the building of Černínský Palace on March 1, 2012. The event has been organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with a support from the part of European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. The event has been opened by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jaromír Drábek, followed by a number of interesting guests and organisations. Practical examples from the practice of municipalities and regions have been also presented by the representatives of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic, who also mentioned the international programme of "Age-friendly Cities" which is open to all municipalities and which is covered by this association in the CZ with Governmental support.
The conference introduced individual topics such as employment of elderly citizens, lifelong learning, intergeneration dialogue, volunteering, healthy ageing and many others. It also introduced the organisations that decided to contribute voluntarily to the fulfilment of this topic's objectives. The conference provided space for mutual exchange of opinions and experience. A Memorandum to the European Year 2012 that serves as the underlying foundation and inspiration for further steps of the CZ government, municipalities and regions in the process of improving the position of elderly citizens in the Czech society has been signed ceremoniously at the end of event.