CORAL organised a talkshow with regional politicians as a side event of the AAL Forum 2013 in Nörrkoping, Sweden on Tuesday September 24th. The event was co-organised with AER, Euregha and the ENGAGED project.
Six politicians from European regions were interviewed by BBC journalist Roger Phillips and also several aldermen and mayors from European municipalities contributed.
On the floor were:
Mrs. Agneta Granstrom, County Council Commissioner, Norrbotten County Council, Sweden.
Mr. Mikael Kahlin, Chairman, Social Services Committee Laholms municipality, Region of Halland, Sweden
Mrs. Brigite van Haaften, vice governor of the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands.
Mr. John Matheson, Director of Health, Finance and Information, Scotland, UK.
Mrs. Mona Olsson, Chairman Committee for Care and Healthcare of Municipality of Norrköping, Sweden.
Mr. Ivar Moltke, Head of Health innovation, Region Zealand, Denmark.
The lively debate was about questions like:
- 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 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?
As a closing of the talkshow Peter Wintlev-Jensen, Deputy Head of Unit of DG CONNECT of the European Commission reacted to the outcomes of the debate and the involvement of the regions in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA).
Apart from the politicians contributing at the event in Sweden several politicians were not able to join us at location but made a videomessage that can be found at the ENGAGED Youtube channel.