European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing1st Conference of Partners - Delivering results for Europe: extracts from the opening session with the participation of Neelie Kroes and visit of the exhibition
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 06/11/2012 First transmission: 06/11/2012
On 6 November 2012, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, María Pilar Farjas Abadía, Secretary General of Health and Consumers at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, and Kathleen Lynch, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence, with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, participated in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing 1st Conference of Partners, in Brussels.
The Conference was an opportunity for stakeholders who are already part of an Action Group to meet with different group members, collaborate and discover common interests and contribute to the discussion on how to get the most out of the action plans.
Two panel discussions were dedicated to the action plans in the areas of prevention, integrated care, and active ageing and independent living. Candidate Reference Sites from different regions were running a session highlighting the important role of regions in the Partnership by presenting some concrete examples of their work.
The European Commission also provided information on horizontal issues such as regulatory framework conditions and funding opportunities and explained the next steps for the Partnership.
Neelie Kroes also visited the exhibition which displayed real life examples of innovation from different EU regions in this field.
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||General atmosphere at the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing - 1st Conference of Partners, in Brussels (2 shots)
||General views of the conference room (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH): We need to use smart innovations to re-engineer and reinvent our whole health and social care system. We'll do that better if we learn from each other. Why should we make the mistake that has already been made? Why shouldn't we learn from each other? We should do it better if we work together. We'll do it better if we build economies of scale and critical mass. And that's what you're doing. I am aware of that and I'm delighted that the EU can support you in that process by providing, not another funding programme, but a forum for ideas, innovation and for concrete projects. A platform where you can work together, learn together, share and build together.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Kathleen Lynch, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence, with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, (in ENGLISH): We must ensure that the whole of government is responsive to and recognises the lives of older people. Not all older people will become dependent but the few that do become dependent; we have to ensure that our systems are responsive to that dependency. When we think about older people, we should not think automatically about dependency and the drain it is on our economy. There are opportunities as well, huge opportunities. And we can meet both, the challenge and the opportunity if we work together and if we are careful about how we plan.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by María Pilar Farjas Abadía, Secretary General of Health and Consumers at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, (in ENGLISH): The EU partnership should help to increase mobility and communication, promote independence and active life of our aged population to an integrated and multisectorial perspective. Collaboration between public administration, local, national and international and the private sector in areas such as urbanism, transport, social services, education and others should be considered.
||Cutaways of the audience (3 shots)
||Books on display at the exhibition on "European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"
||Neelie Kroes shaking hands and talking to the people of the Scottish government's stand on Active and Healthy Ageing (6 shots)
||Leaflets on display
||Neelie Kroes testing a machine measuring blood pressure and medical information at the Eindhoven stand (7 shots)
||Leaflet reading "ICT for societal challenges"
||Neelie Kroes at the stand of the Regional Health Authority of Attica (Greece) (3 shots)
||Leaflets reading "Active and Healthy Ageing"
||Pannel of the Galician stand