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European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA)

In the conclusions of its meeting of 4 February 2011, the European Council endorses the Commission's proposal for an Innovation Union, and in particular the launch of a European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, by stating that: "Innovation contributes to tackling the most critical societal challenges we are facing. Europe's expertise and resources must be mobilized in a coherent manner and synergies between the EU and the Member States must be fostered in order to ensure that innovations with a societal benefit get to the market quicker. Joint programming should be developed. The launch of the pilot Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing is an important step in that context."

More detailed information on this initiative can be obtained at the following link:

Strategic Implementation Plan

At its meeting of 7 November 2011, the high level Steering Group, set up by the European Commission to assist with launch and implementation of the pilot partnership, adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP outlines a common vision and a set of operational priority actions to address the challenge of ageing through innovation. The high level Steering Group invites the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, as well as other key stakeholders, to support the plan.

The Plan can be consulted at the following URL:

Websites and events on the EIP AHA

The EC’s main portal on the EIP AHA serves as a gateway for stakeholders to engage in the partnership (Action Groups) and provides information on innovative projects that enable active and healthy ageing (Reference Sites)

The EC’s overview on the four pillars of the EIP and the care and cure workspace is available at:

A report on the Conference "European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: From Plan to Action", 3 April 2012, Brussels is available at:

Note in particular the presentations of the parallel working session on Integrated Care: