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The AUSER Association was established in Italy in 1989 through the initiative of the Union of Retired People (SPI/CGIL) and the Federation of Italian Trade Unions (CGIL).
It works through 1,412 local associations around the country and has 260,000 members as well as 40,000 active volunteers organized on a national, regional and local level.
The mission of the AUSER Association is to promote the self-management of services and actions for solidarity, supporting the right of older people to continue to play an active role on a social and economic level by making the most of their specific experiences, skills and abilities.

On a European level, the AUSER Association is a member of SOLIDAR, a European network of 50 NGOs active in over 90 countries working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. SOLIDAR lobbies the EU and international institutions in three primary areas: social affairs (more social Europe), international cooperation (development cooperation) and education (lifelong learning for all).