AAL Forum 2013 side event: Regional politicians about innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing

logos 130724 information for the regional politicians

This is the video message of European Commissioner Neelie Kroes from the Digital Agenda as her call for commitment in the talkshow about regional policy on Active and Healthy Ageing Tuesday 24th of September in Norrkoping, Sweden as part of the AAL Forum.

The annual AAL Forum 2013 (Ambient Assisted Living Forum) takes place in Sweden, September 24-26th. The AAL Forum is the place to be for everyone in Europe playing a role in Ambient Assisted Living and innovation in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing. AAL is about smart ICT solutions and services for independent living and integrated care. During last years AAL Forum in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant more than 1300 participants exchanged experiences and ideas. The AAL Joint Programme is an important pillar in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), initiated by the European Commission.



European regions and regional governments play an essential role in the implementation and scaling of smart solutions for independent living and integrated care. All over Europe regional innovation clusters – and regional politicians supporting them – make a difference. A lot of those regional clusters are part of the EIP AHA and recently got awarded by the European Commission with one or more stars.


AAL-Logo-smallWhy you?

That’s why we are organising a side event short before the Grand Opening of the AAL Forum about the regional perspective and the role of politicians. We want to hear your story as a politician representing your region and your regional innovation cluster. In a programme of about 90 minutes we will have a lively debate in which about 10 to 15 regional politicians from all over Europe participate. The European Commission will speak about the importance of regional involvement.


The three main topics are:

  • How are you working on innovation on Active and Healthy Ageing and Ambient Assisted Living in your region? Do you have a regional innovation cluster? Do you have an innovation strategy or policy? What barriers do you experience? What is to your opinion the added value of the regional level in Europe?
  • What are you doing – as a regional government – to connect your region and innovation cluster to the European level? Are you connected to other regional clusters in Europe? How is your involvement in networks and partnerships like the EIP AHA, Coral, Euregha or Interreg?
  • How can the European Commission support your innovation strategy and regional innovation cluster?


Special role of politicians

The event has a high level character with regional ministers, (vice) governors, (vice) mayors and other politicians from a wide diversity of European regions and larger cities. You are the ambassador of your region and your innovation cluster. Most of all you are the ambassador of those state of the art regions in Europe most active in the domain of innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing. The programme will be a showcase of European regional policy on Active and Healthy Ageing.


The programme

The program will be a talk show, meaning there are no speeches but a professional moderator interviews you. You can react to the other politicians around the table and there will be lively interaction. The moderator will make sure that everyone will have his or her say and there is interaction with the audience. The program will be in English language. A selection of short 2-minute video clips – made by you – will be used as part of the program.


When and where?

The side event takes place in Room 6 at Tuesday September 24th from 11.00 – 12.30 followed by a high level lunch. The venue is the same as of the www.aalforum.eu We expect and hope that most politicians join us at the Grand Opening of the AAL Forum in the evening.



The side event is initiated and organised by Coral, the AER and Euregha. All of them European networks of regions contributing to a community of innovating partners on Active and Healthy Ageing. Coral, AER and Euregha join effort more often representing the regional perspective in Europe and are active in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

  • Euregha: European Regional and Local Health Authorities – www.euregha.net
  • AER: Assembly of European Regions – www.aer.eu
  • Coral: Community Of Regions for Assisted Living, regional policy for Active and Healthy Ageing  - www.coral-europe.eu

Engaged2-RVBThe side event is also part of the ENGAGED project, which is the Learning community for innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing. ENGAGED is a thematic network funded by ICT PSP CIP from the European Commission and part of the EIP AHA. – www.engaged-innovation.eu





Video clip

All politicians participating to the event and the debate are invited to make a short 2-minute video clip commenting the three main topics. It should be a elevator pitch of no more then 120 seconds in which you explain what has to be said about those three questions. Imagine you have two minutes on prime time on your national TV channel: What would your story be?

We also invite you to upload your video clip on our YouTube channel after which it will be used for communication and publicity in the weeks before the AAL Forum. It gives you an extra opportunity for exposure. The video clips are used as input for the side event and a selection of the best are shown during the program. For more detailed or technical information about the video contact Edwin Mermans at: emermans@brabant.nl


Kind regards


The organisers on behalf of AER, Euregha, Coral and ENGAGED:


Esther Davidsen, ed@zealanddenmark.eu  +32 475554937

Toni Dedeu, tdedeu@gencat.cat +34 638681943

Camille Bullot, c.bullot@aer.eu   + 32 485677120

Edwin Mermans, emermans@brabant.nl  +31 655686574

Mariëlle Swinkels, mswinkels@brabant.nl  +31 613354397



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