Conference 'Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing'

Brussels, 3 June 2015

About the Conference

DG SANTE organised the conference 'Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing' on the 3rd June 2015. The conference looked at the issue of how to practically leverage public and private financial instruments and maximise synergies in the area of active & healthy ageing. In particular, the conference focused on the EU financial instruments, the Investment plan for Europe, joint-procurement of innovative solutions, new ways of public-private co-investments in health, European Structural and Investment Funds, social innovation and more recent innovative alternative financing tools.

In relation to the session " Ready to invest in large scale Active & Healthy Ageing deployments? - Feedback from Investors”, which took place as a parallel session during the Conference, a Call for Expressions of Interest in Pitching Large Project Ideas was concluded and closed. Please find the link to the  information on the Callpdf(293 KB).

Expressions can be submitted online using the form below, by individual entities or a coalition of entities that would come together to implement a large deployment project in active and healthy ageing. Please find the link to the information on the Callpdf(293 KB) and the form.  

Objectives

Some of the key questions the conference will sought were:

  • What can policy makers and governments at regional, national and EU level do more to help?
  • How to best mobilise investments, also from the private sector?
  • Is it possible to adapt financial instruments used in other sectors to suit the specific needs of the health and care sector?

Participants

This event was addressed in particular to the financial services sector, private investors,  venture capitalists, philanthropy, healthcare providers, public health professionals; policy makers, national & regional authorities, non-governmental sector, and the third sector.

Building on the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing, the conference brought together the private sector and public sector working on solutions for financing of active & healthy ageing projects. 

Programme

The conference programme was organised around two morning plenary sessions and three afternoon parallel sessions.

The opening plenary session was introduced by Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General for Health of DG SANTE, followed by two keynotes on the Investment Plan for Europe and on regions engaging with innovative financing and with the Investment Plan. A second plenary session followed on public private partnerships, innovative procurement and lessons from other sectors. 

In the afternoon, three sessions ran in parallel on the topics of "Synergies in Structural Funds - Mobilising Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing", "What's the alternative? – Complementarities in access to finance", and "Ready to invest in large scale Active & Healthy Ageing deployments? - Feedback from Investors".

For more information and details on the conference programme, please click herepdf(2 MB)

Report

The full report of the Conferencepdf(2 MB) is now available here. For more information regarding the Conference, please refer to the videos and presentations contained in the following section.

Presentations

I. MORNING PLENARY SESSION & KEYNOTES - Polak room

Introductory speechpdf(191 KB)
Martin Seychell
European Commission - Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
© European Union, Martin Seychell, 2015

Leveraging investments in health in the Investment Plan for Europepdf(532 KB)
John Davis
European Investment Bank - Life Sciences and Health
© European Investment Bank, John Davis

Regions engaging with innovative financing & the Investment Plan for Europepdf(3 MB)
John Matheson
Scottish Government (UK) - Health Finance, eHealth and Analytics
© Scottish Government, John Matheson

II. THE FRONTIERS OF INNOVATIVE FINANCING - Polak room

Public procurement for innovative solutions & pre-commercial procurementpdf(2 MB)
Vasileios Tsanidis
European Commission - Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
© European Union, Vasileios Tsanidis, 2015

Innovative financing in the health & care sector - example of public procurementpdf(2 MB)
Sonia Martínez Arca
Directorate General for Innovation and Management of Public Health, Galicia (ES)
© Servizio Galego de Saúde, Sonia Martínez Arca

Lessons learned & experiences from other sectorspdf(585 KB)
Bleddyn Rees
Wragge Co Ltd & European Connected Health Alliance (UK)
© Wragge Co Ltd, Bleddyn Rees

Public-private partnerships in practicepdf(3 MB)
Carlos Trescoli
University Hospital Ribera, Valencia (ES)
© University Hospital Ribera, Carlos Trescoli

Moderated panel discussion Panellists : John Matheson, Heather Roy, Sonia Martínez Arca, Carlos Trescoli, Bleddyn Rees Moderator: Anne Connolly, Irish Smart Ageing Exchange (IE)

III. SYNERGIES IN STRUCTURAL FUNDS - MOBILISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVE & HEALTHY AGEING - Polak room

Moderator: Andor Urmos, European Commission

How to develop a RIS3/Finance the silver economypdf(4 MB)
Hervé Le Guyader
Aquitane (FR)
© Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine, Hervé Le Guyader

Smart specialisation in active & healthy ageingpdf(2 MB)
Jens Sörvik
European Commission - Joint research Centre
© European Union, Jens Sörvik, 2015

Crossborder, interregional & transnational cooperation and opportunities in Interregpdf(643 KB)
Nicolas Singer
Interreg V (FR) 
© Interreg Europe, Nicolas Singer

Effective use of ESIF for health investmentspdf(2 MB)
Katarzyna Glowacka-Rochebonne
European Commission - Health and Food Safety
© European Union, Katarzyna Glowacka-Rochebonne, 2015
Romana Smetankova
Ernst & Young (CZ)
© E&Y, Romana Smetankova 

Experiences on the ground from managing authoritiespdf(2 MB)
Maaike Damen
Managing Authority Northern Netherlands (NL)
© SNN, Maaike Damen

Moderated discussion and questions & answers with the audience

IV.  WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE? - COMPLEMENTARITIES IN ACCESS TO FINANCE - Maelbeek room

Moderator: Xavier Le Mounier, European Commission - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Synergies across EU, local and private investmentpdf(2 MB)
Rodd Bond
Netwell (IE) 
© NetwellCasala, Rodd Bond

Leveraging funding from the Innovative Cities modelpdf(2 MB)
Marco Roth
FinnMedi (FI)
© FinnMedi, Marco Roth

Challenges faced in securing financingpdf(215 KB)
Heather Roy
Eurodiaconia (BE)
© Eurodiaconia, Heather Roy

Alternative investment: EU policy backgroundpdf(234 KB)
Giovanni Garcea
European Social Entrepreneurship Fund
© European Union, Giovanni Garcea, 2015

Social innovation & financing toolspdf(249 KB)
Filippo Addarii
The Young Foundation (UK)
© The Young Foundation, Filippo Addarii

Moderated discussion and questions & answers with the audience

V. READY TO INVEST IN LARGE SCALE ACTIVE & HEALTHY AGEING  DEPLOYMENTS? - FEEDBACK FROM INVESTORS - Passage room

Four pitches on scaling up innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing - Based on a Call for Expressions of  Interest :

Moderator: Bleddyn Rees, European Connected Health Alliance (UK)

VI. CONCLUSIONS & CLOSING REMARKS - Polak room

Conclusions-Innovative financing opportunities for active and healthy ageingpdf(192 KB)
Jorge Pinto Antunes
European Commission - Health and Food Safety
© European Union, Jorge Pinto Antunes, 2015

Active and healthy ageing: taking innovation to market
Paul Timmers
European Commission - Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
© European Union, Paul Timmers, 2015

Contact / questions

  • When: 3rd June 2015, 09h30-18h30
  • Video recordings: Video recordings of each session are uploaded on this page.
  • Venue: Residence Palace, Brussels
  • Comments: Please join the discussion on #FinanceAgeing – the conference hashtag