RelaxedCare at the Conference Lunch in the European Parliament

Based on two AAL JP projects, AALuis and RelaxedCare, a conference lunch was organized on the 12th of November 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The importance of the topic “Smart Technology for Smart Seniors” was showcased and underlined by the presence of relevant speakers and an interested audience, among:

  1. Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda
  2. Karina Marcus, Director at AAL JP
  3. Peter WINTLEV- JENSEN, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, DG CNECT
  4. MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij

The talks focused on the big challenges of the society in combination with the “Digital Agenda” and the aging population. An outlook was given also on the upcoming funding programs targeting these topics.

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The presentation of the two AAL Projects, AALuis and RelaxedCare was focused on the important and exciting task of end user involvement and the collaboration with end-user organisations throughout the research project lifecycle and beyond.

A new aspect for the conference lunches were the “round table discussions” on four selected challenges and the very active involvement of the audience on possible future steps. Those tables were moderated by the present project partners 50plus, Verklizan, Cure, Prosyst and AIT.

The event was imitated and organized by MEP Heinz Becker and AALuis project partner 50plus GmbH.

The initiative was promoted during the period of discussion in the European Parliament and in the European Council about the continuation of the AAL Joint Programme and it was a remarkable opportunity for showcasing the concrete achievements of this European programme. IMG_6116

The AAL JP website published a great news item including some more pictures regarding this event: Pushing for an AAL II

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