About us


After more than two years of strives, activities, discussions and preparations the crucial step in European elderly care was made:

E.D.E. - an international umbrella organisation representing national associations for directors and providers of long-term care services in Europe and EAHSA - an European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing formed together in April 2018 an new European association.

EUROPEAN AGEING NETWORK (EAN) consist of two European associations with decades of history, influence and activities.

Having member in 26 countries and representing more then 10.000 organizations providing services for elderly in Europe we are defending the interests of our members and the elderly care in Europe.

The last years more than ever before the providers throughout Europe and their national associations feel and see that many problems are not regional anymore. We need to search for all European solutions.

Our key role is also in providing not only the European bodies but also the national governments with a necessary feedback about providing the long term care for elderly but also opening expert discussion, suggest solutions and bring all the stakeholders together. 

In the times of changes we are still not forgetting our other goals like staff education, training, social services quality assurance, human rights of our clients or networking. This booklet brings a short overview of our main missions, goals and activities.

Jiří Horecký - president of EAN

We’re living challengeing times and when we get older, we want to get old in dignity. The focus of ageing in place is to help older people ensure they can live where they choose and get any help they need for as long as they can. So they can live their own life in their own way.

The European Ageing Network (EAN) groups services providers that enable ageing in place. Be it in a residential setting, or in the community. Because EAN members understand that older people have their own choice and preferences. And that they’re all looking for a careful place that they can call their home.

The challenges ahead are numeous to realise ageing in place. There is a lack of carers, infrastructure is not always apt to provide attractive and careful homes and if there would be enough hands to help and if there were suitable homes, then there would be a lack of money to finance it.

But EAN is optimistic. Innovation will bring us hybrid settings and financing instruments that allow us to creatively respond to the needs of older people and make ageing in place available and affordable.

I’m happy and proud to be in a leadership position to steer and to accelerate this needed innovation within EAN. Together, we have the will, the capacity, and the knowledge to respond to the needs of our older people.

Aad Koster - 1st statutory vice-president of EAN


Executive Board (after April 26, 2023)

Jiri Horecky

Czech Republic


Aad Koster
1st statutory Vice-President



Maria Mannerholm



Didier Sapy




Elena Weber
EB member



Dieter Gitzen
EB member




Jakob Kabas
EB member



Miriana Buffa



Věra Husáková
EB member, Secretary

Czech Republic


Visions, purpose and tasks of the EAN

The vision of EAN is to improve the quality of life for older persons; support its members in making each day a better day for their clients by providing high quality housing, services and care; establishing good contacts with EU institutions like the relevant Directorates General of the Commission, the Council and the Parliament and its Inter-group on Ageing; becoming a key network for the providers for the ageing sector.

The purpose of the EAN is to promote cooperation between national associations for directors and providers of long-term care services, institutions and organizations or persons associated with/related to the care of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled people and to represent them on a European level.

The tasks of the EAN include:

  • working in and counselling organisations and committees active in the area of the social and health care of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled people on a European level
  • counselling national associations for directors and providers of long-term care services on questions of residential and day-patient care of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled people
  • promoting the exchange of information concerning national developments in the area of social and health care of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled people
  • organising international conferences, training programmes and study trips
  • Initiating and participating in cross-border projects, notably in the area of long-term care
  • developing standard guidelines for the professional training of directors of long-term care services and raising the qualification standards of those directors
  • improving the social status of the profession of director of long-term care services
  • carrying out public relations work and influencing lawmakers' decisions in the area of long-term care.


Membership fees - 2019-2023

Basic membership fee per care provider or care related organization:
Budget <€ 50 Mio/year                        750 EUR
Budget >€ 50 Mio/year                        1.500 EUR

Umbrella associations                      300 EUR fix plus 2,75 EUR per membership organization

Academic institutions                       500 EUR

Individual professionals                  190 EUR

/Except for employees of care providers, umbrella associations and academic institutions/

EAN documents & publications & materials


Booklet of the EAN (version 03/2023)     

EAN booklet 

Taboos and Prejudices in Long-term Care

ENGLISH version

Promoting well-nutrition in elderly care

ENGLISH version     FRENCH version     CZECH version     SLOVENIAN version     CROATIAN version     GERMAN version     SPANISH version

Long Term Care 2030 vision 

ENGLISH version     FRENCH version     GERMAN version

COLLECTION OF PRESENTATIONS from EAN Workfoce summit (April 5th, 2022 in Malmö) 

Collection of presentations

12 key statements - Covid-19 reflections

12 key statements - Covid 19 reflections 

Lessons learnt - How to avoid a second Covid-19 disaster in social services 

Lessons learnt

The devastating blow in residential care for elderly in Europe - J. Horecký

The devastating blow in residential care for elderly in Europe

The Value of Human life - J. Horecký

The value of Human life

Position paper: COVID-19 and Social Services: what role for the EU?

COVID-19 and Social Services: what role for the EU?

EAN activity report 2020

EAN activity report 2020

EUIPO registration

EUIPO registration

EAN EP2019 Memorandum

EP2019 Memorandum

Alzheimer Europe Memorandum of Understaning

AE Memorandum of Understanding                                


Statutes of the EAN  (after GA meeting, Matera, Oct 23, 2019)

The Association was founded in Luxembourg on April 6, 1989 and bears the name "European Association for Directors and Providers of Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly a.s.b.l.".

Due to the merger of E.D.E. and EAHSA, the title of the new entity shall be the European Ageing Network a.s.b.l. (EAN) referred to as "EAN". 

Statutes of the EAN


Charter and code of professional conduct

Today‘s demographic changes pose massive socio-economic challenges for elderly care services in many European countries. New supranational eff orts and strategies are necessary for elderly and disabled care in the future, to improve the quality of life of the elderly and disabled. To enable the national associations represented by the E.D.E. to actively and proactively infl uence developments, the E.D.E. conveys among other things the following values and standards of conduct for directors:

European Charter of the rights and freedoms of older persons accommodated in homes (Maastricht, 1993)


Code of Professional Conduct (Ljubljana, 2005)



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