European Commission is seeking our assistance
The European Commission is seeking the views of public and private organizations, companies and individual citizens on how Europe could scale up innovation to meet the challenges of the ageing population in Europe, and in particular on a pilot European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on active and healthy ageing. Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Europeans aged over 65 will rise by nearly 40%, posing huge challenges but also offering great opportunities for Europe's society and economy. The EIP, due to be launched in 2011, will seek to improve the health and quality of life of older people, enabling them to live active and independent lives, to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems; and to foster competitiveness and growth of businesses. The online consultation runs until 28 January 2011.
Objective of the consultation
This consultation seeks to engage stakeholders at all levels (i.e. EU, national, regional and local) to contribute to and participate in this initiative and also aims to complete the mapping and gather further detailed information on existing national, regional and local initiatives. These could indeed represent opportunities for potential synergies between different sectors and levels and form the basis for actions at European level. A further objective of the consultation is to seek views on which weaknesses in the European innovation system would be best addressed by the pilot partnership, as well as to gather evidence of existing activities with similar goals which might provide useful guidance in the further development of the pilot partnership. It will collect preliminary ideas for future actions, where innovation in active and healthy ageing solutions could have significant impact for citizens, care systems and markets. It should help prepare the ground for positive commitment and involvement of key players and help prepare concrete actions to be launched in relevant policy areas of this pilot Partnership. These actions could range from scaling-up existing initiatives that have proven their efficiency to carrying research on and developing entirely new solutions to address the active and healthy ageing challenge.
The questionnaire is available in all the European languages.