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Paul Timmers
01/10/2014 - 16:00

Demographic change is an opportunity that Europe cannot afford to miss


Europe is definitively ageing - and this demographic change brings about new challenges as well as opportunities. More Europeans living longer is the result of some remarkable developments in science and socio -economic progress over the last 50 years. And we should be proud of these great achievements. But this unprecedented demographic change also raises the stakes for all of us as citizens, family members, workers and - in the future - members of a growing ageing population.

We must be able to provide the ageing population in Europe, their families and carers with the solutions that enable them to live longer but also to live a better life. A "better life" is a life where older European citizens can remain autonomous, independent and continue to make a meaningful and active contribution to our society.

ICT can play a defining role in coming up with

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Paul Timmers
06/05/2014 - 10:59

How Europe makes you happy

Over the last years the EU has been funding many projects in the area of active and healthy ageing. The Giraff+ project developed a companion robot, to help older people feel safe and secure in their own environment, and also keep them active and connected to the outside world. Technology was not the issue; plenty of robots on the market with the right functionalities. The real problem was the interplay between woman and machine. How to ensure people perceive the robot as a nice house-guest rather than Big Brother or a Space Invader? And how to make the robot a trusted intermediary between older persons, their carers and their family? By literally giving it a human face and ensuring real people do real communication. One of the robots was tested by the 94 year old Nonna Lea. She calls him Mister Robin and, after some

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Paul Timmers
18/12/2013 - 13:28

ICT for Societal Challenges: opportunities in Horizon 2020

The long-awaited Horizon 2020 programme is here, and ICT has an important role to play in it.  We are looking for interoperable ICT solutions and ICT that creates breakthroughs for real life problems. We also invite you to work across disciplines and re-use solutions.

There are seven societal challenges in Horizon 2020, and there is ICT in all of them. Would you like to know more about new ICT-related funding opportunities? This video will give you a broader picture:

To find out more information, please visit the Horizon 2020

Paul Timmers
26/04/2013 - 12:57

How to build trust in the Digital World?

Have you ever thought about how little we know about the technologies we use every day and yet how indiscriminately we trust them? And in fact, this concerns society as a whole, as we all swiftly move towards the digital world.

Society and the relations between its individual members and institutions are built on Trust as we all often have to accept the truth of statements and trustworthiness of tools without further evidence. This is particularly true in the digital world where the underlying technologies are too complex to be understood by most of us. However, in the absence of simple ways to measure security, each of us has to trust (or at least know when to distrust) the online services we use, even though they affect very sensitive areas, such as health, critical infrastructures or digital

Paul Timmers
04/12/2012 - 12:29

Make websites accessible: a proposal and a request

picture of Paul TimmersPosted by Paul Timmers, Director, Sustainable & Secure Society, DG CONNECT

At the e-inclusion conference in Gdansk in November last year, staff of the European Disability Forum very kindly showed Commissioner Kroes how a visually impaired user can get on line.

Paul Timmers
01/10/2012 - 16:29

Delivering better public services through the use of social media?

--- Posted by Paul Timmers, Director "ICT Addressing Societal Challenges" at DG INFSO

In what areas and how could EU action on social media benefit employability, jobs and growth across Europe?

These questions will be addressed during the Digital Agenda Assembly on 21 and 22 June in Brussels, more specifically in the workshop Social Media Social Networking for Economic Recovery, Jobs and Growth. We will explore the use and great potential of social media for growth and jobs in Europe from three perspectives:

1 - businesses;

2 - social media platform providers;

3 - the public sector.