News & Events
July 31, 2015

The EIP on AHA brings together a wide array of stakeholders to work in a collaborative way on shared interests and projects geared towards achieving common goals and promotig successful technological, social and organisational innovation

Report of the Conference ‘Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing’

The European Commission organised the conference ‘Innovative Financing Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing’ on the 3rd June 2015. The conference looked at the issue of how to practically leverage public and private financial instruments and maximise synergies in the area of active & healthy ageing. In particular, the conference focused on the EU financial instruments, the Investment plan for Europe, joint-procurement of innovative solutions, new ways of public-private co-investments in health, European Structural and Investment Funds, social innovation and more recent innovative alternative financing tools.

In the closing session, Jorge Pinto Antunes, Acting Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, remarked that the event had showcased compelling evidence of how the Health sector can drive productive investment and in doing so stimulate economic growth. He encouraged local decision-makers to draw their own lessons from those examples, examine the opportunities offered by innovative financing mechanisms (e.g. PPPs, PPI), which are currently still much under-utilised, but also get better informed about EU-level financing instruments. In that respect, he announced that DG SANTE will be preparing a guide to the available financing programmes and instruments that can be mobilised for investments in active and healthy ageing.
Paul Timmers, Director at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, commented “Investors really want to understand real market demand before they invest in new technology. They need evidence that an emerging technology actually fixes a problem and meets the needs of ageing people, their family or carers. Entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs are looking for ways to go beyond the Venture capital and Angel investors phase. Investment for growth and scaling up is what they need.” (See also his related blog post.)

The full report of the conference is now available, along with videos of the proceedings and the presentations of the speakers, on a dedicated web page.

REMINDER: European funding available in support of the EIP on AHA
The call for proposals for projects under the 2015 Work Plan of the 3rd Health Programme has for deadline 15 September – 17:00 (Brussels time). The call includes support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities. National Information Days are currently held throughout the EU.

As for the Work Programme 2016-2017 for Societal Challenge 1 (SC1 – related to Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing) of the Horizon 2020 programme, it will be published in the Autumn. But you can already attend the Info Day of 18 September in Brussels, for which registration is now open.