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Commission Work programme 2013

On 25 October, the European Commission unveiled its 2013 work programme. Its overarching goal is to put the EU back on the road to sustainable growth. This will entail economic reforms, skills development, research and innovation, and changes in the single market. In the field of health, there are several initiatives mentioned for next year: Review of the Thematic Strategy on air pollution and associated legislation - assess the implementation and achievements of current air pollution (...)

Policy dialogue on Active and Healthy ageing – with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)?

On 16 October, EPHA attended the policy dialogue “Active and Healthy ageing – with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)” hosted by the think tank European Policy Center (EPC). The aim of the gathering was to discuss the role of ICT on the promotion of active and healthy ageing. The intention of this Policy Dialogue was to discuss the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in promoting active and healthy ageing, with a view to improving the (...)

European Economic & Social Committee Public Hearing on Information & Communication Technologies & Active Ageing

On 11 September, EPHA attended a public hearing hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and active ageing. Speakers included the Secretary-General of the European Federation of Retired and Older Persons (FERPA), the First Secretary of the Mission of Japan to the EU, and experts from the EESC, Eurfound, and the think tank ’Pour la Solidarite’. The hearing was organised as part of the 2012 European Year for Active (...)

Award: 10,000 € for the European Social Entrepreneur of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations

Along with the European Commission, Ashoka (the worlds’ oldest and biggest network of social entrepreneurs) and Generali Future Fund present the award ‘European Social Entrepreneur of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations’. The award recognises individuals who have developed exceptional models to solve a social problem regarding active aging and solidarity between generations. The models should be replicable elsewhere and have the potential to improve (...)

Information and Communications Technology for employment in Old Age – another dimension of Active Ageing

On June 25, EPHA attended the conference “Towards the Road Map on ICT for employment in old age” organized by Golden Workers in the premises of the Committee of the Regions, a body of the European Union (EU). The aim of the gathering was to boost the debate on how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) could be best applied to promote and enhance old age employment. This conference was organised in the framework of the Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between (...)

EPHA briefing: the future EU Cohesion policy and health

The EU has a number of policies designed to reduce the significant disparities that still exist between Europe’s regions and to promote greater economic, social and territorial cohesion. The EU Cohesion policy is an investment policy. What is the EU Cohesion (Regional) Policy? Given its share of the EU budget (more than one-third), cohesion policy instruments are key in boosting Europe’s economic competitiveness and growth, fostering social cohesion, improved quality of life (...)

EPHA Secretary General at OECD Forum May 22-23 2012

On 22nd May EPHA’s Secretary General will be in Paris to take part in OECD Forum, a three-day event that brings together around 2000 business leaders, academia and government representatives to discuss pressing issues on the international agenda. The five key themes for the 2012 OECD forum are: Indignation, Inequality, Inclusion, Integrity and Inspiration. The Forum will host a number of high-profile speakers, such as Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, Robert Johnson, (...)

eHealth week– pursuing better accessibility and expanded literacy

Hosted by the Danish presidency, the eHealth week 2012 is taking place during this week in Copenhagen. The three-days long (May 7 to 9) series of high-level conferences, seminars and workshops are run under the motto “Smart Health, Better Lives.” This years’ eHealth week focuses on enhancing the continuity of care and patient-centric health services by applying innovative eHealth solutions in two fronts: fostering cross-border healthcare; and managing chronic diseases to (...)

World Health Day 2012 - EPHA members react

The World Health Day was celebrated last April 07, marking the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. "Ageing and health" was this year’s topic, focused on the theme "Good health adds life to years". Noting the occasion, a number of organisations stressed the importance of the day. On the occasion of World Health Day 2012, Mental Health Europe (MHE) issued a press release on the importance of mental health for growth and called for the EU to include mental health and the (...)

eHealth Stakeholder Group (re)unites users and industry representatives

The first eHealth Stakeholder Group meeting took place on 29 March at the premises of the European Commission DG INFSO in Brussels. Discussions were led by Pēteris Zilgalvis (head of unit, ICT for health at DG INFSO) who provided an overview of relevant EU policy and research activities in eHealth. He went on to explain how eHealth is embedded into the Digital Agenda for Europe. Regarding the expressions of interest, the eHealth Stakeholder Group’s role will be to: Ensure an (...)