On 25 November, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing will hold its annual event in order to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.

A major input to this debate will be the evidence collected from the Reference Sites  and the first outcomes of six large scale actions launched under this Partnership in November last year.

500+ participants are expected who will include national and regional authorities, health and social care professionals, industry, insurers and NGOs.

High level representatives of both national and regional governments will attend, as will the hosting Commissioners Mrs. Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda and Mr. Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health.

Are you a journalist? Come and interview high-level representatives from your regions!


The conference attracts a number of political representatives who are likely to be available for interviews.  Among them:


  • Mairead McGuiness, Member of European Parliament (Ireland)
  • Ms. María José Sánchez Rubio, Health Minister, Andalucía
  • Mr. Fabien Verdier, Economic Adviser of Minister for Ageing Persons and their Independence, France
  • Mr. Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Northern Ireland
  • Ms. Rocio Mosquera Alvarez, Minister for Health, Galicia
  • Mr. Stephan Koch, State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Saxony
  • Christina Papanikolaou, General Secretary, Ministry of Health, Greece

Check out the programme and join us on 25 November at the Charlemagne Building in Brussels. Please register before Friday midday or just show your journalist credentials and register at the dedicated desk at the entrance.

Journalists are encouraged to contact the interviewees directly via their press officer or national/regional offices in Brussels. However, if you still need us to arrange an interview for you please contact  EC-EIP-AHA(at)ec.europa.eu — as soon as possible.