This report highlights among its key achievements:
the high participation rate of SMEs (over 40 % of project partners are SMEs);
the launch of a number of commercial products and services originating directly from the first projects; and
the shaping of a new innovation ‘ecosystem’ as demonstrated in the five AAL Forums which have been organised on an annual basis since 2009.
In its Communication adopted on 18 December the European Commission welcomes the final evaluation report and commits to addressing its recommendations. The Commission had already made use of the preliminary findings of the evaluation in its proposal of July 2013 for a follow-up to the Programme to be launched under Horizon 2020 as part of the growth package.