In May 2011, the European Commission set up a high level Steering group to assist with launch and implementation of the pilot partnership. This high level Steering Group was jointly chaired by Vice President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner John Dalli and included Member States, regions, industry, health and social care professionals, elderly and patient organisations and other interest groups. The Steering group was mandated with drawing up recommendations for a Strategic Implementation Plan, on the basis of which initiatives would be launched for piloting the partnership.
At its meeting of 7 November 2011, the high level Steering Group adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP outlines a common vision and a set of operational priority actions to address the challenge of ageing through innovation. The high level Steering Group invites the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, as well as other key stakeholders (Member States, regions, industry, health and social care professionals, elderly and patient organisations, ...) , to support the plan.
The first meeting of Steering Group was held on 2 May 2011 and was facilitated by David Byrne, a former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. It is the first time that in Europe all the stakeholders are joining forces at this scale to commit advancing innovation in active and healthy ageing.
The draft report of the meeting is available.
As agreed at the first meeting, a series of thematic workshops have been organised under the guidance of the Steering Group. They were organised in June and July 2011 on the following topics:
The second Steering Group meeting was held on 16th September 2011. The Steering Group highlighted a first set of concrete actions for innovation in active and healthy ageing, as well as a working approach towards the development of a Strategic Implementation Plan.
The draft report of the meeting ( 132 KB) is available.
Introductory presentation ( 791 KB) to the meeting.
At its third meeting, held on 7 November 2011, the Steering Group adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan.
The draft report of the meeting () is available.