More than 160 representatives from national governments, regional and local authorities, social partners and other relevant stakeholders participated in the conference "Good Governance for active and Healthy Ageing", which took place in Brussels on 4 June organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Held in the context of the European Year 2012 and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the purpose of this major event was to look at how different levels of government can cooperate in designing effective and comprehensive strategies for active and healthy ageing.
Some policymakers jointly with stakeholders presented their activities in their respective areas of competence, considering that active ageing is not only about employment, pensions or public expenditure but also active participation in society and independent living. They confirmed from their own experience that action plans are only promising if all levels are involved.
According to László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the European Commission can play "the role of a facilitator for mutual learning on how we can develop effective strategies for active ageing."
The closing speech was delivered by Paola Testori Coggi, Director General of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission. She advocated a "cross-cutting" strategy with the different types of stakeholders concerned. "We need close cooperation between private and public partners across different areas spanning public Health, social policy, employment, research, industry, ICT and others", she stressed.
For more information on the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) and its Strategic Implementation Plan, please visit its official website.