Cooperation and Action
AGE is involved in different processes to promote age-friendly environments (AFE) together with an increasingly large number of actors at local, regional, national EU level as well as key institutions.
- Committee of the Regions
In 2011 the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Commission and AGE published the brochure on “How to promote active ageing in Europe: EU support to local and regional actors” with the objective to provide guidance and inspiration to actors on regional and local level on how to use best EU resources to develop age-friendly environments. The brochure is an update of the Brochure “How to promote aging well in Europe” published in 2009. The new brochure adapts to the European Commission activities in the European Innovation Partnership as well as the European Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations. More specifically, it provides information on how local actors can promote more actively active aging in employment, society and independent living and at the same time enhances solidarity between generations. AGE hopes to be able to produce a revised brochure when the new EU programmes (2014-2020) are all published.
Additionally, the CoR became active in promoting age-friendly environments by calling for the development of a Covenant on Demographic Change in spring 2012. As a response to the request of the Danish Presidency to provide information on the promotion of age-friendly environments the CoR supported the idea of age-friendly environments and called on the Commission to launch a Covenant on Demographic Change during the EY2012, to gather more local and regional actors for a successful approach around Europe.
- World Health Organisation
As mentioned earlier, the WHO has a major interest to enlarge age-friendly environments to improve the health status of the world’s population. In September 2011 the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities on a global level was signed by a large group of Mayors committing to promoting AFE all around the world. At the EU summit on active and healthy aging 2013 a second Declaration, Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe, was launched. Until now, 78 cities and communities in Europe signed the Declaration, more are expected.
Beside the Declaration WHO raises awareness of AFE on European level with the project Age-Friendly Environments in Europe (AFEE), a cooperation between the WHO and the European Commission to increase capacity for age-friendly environments in Europe, identify and disseminate good practices and to strengthen the networks of cities, communities and regions in the field of healthy ageing.
- Thematic Network: Innovation for Age-Friendly Environments (AFE-INNOVNET)
On 1st February, a new project called "AFE-INNOVNET" was launched. The overarching goal of this thematic network is to support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing - notably the D4 Action Group - by setting up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the EU who want to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments across the EU.
The consortium is composed of 29 partners from 16 EU countries and includes 13 cities and 6 regions. The project is led by a Steering Group composed of AGE Platform Europe (coordinator), CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), TNO (Dutch Research Centre), Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, PAU Education and the Louth County Council. The project will run in close cooperation with WHO Europe.
For more information, do not hesitate to visit the AFE-INNOVNET website: www.afeinnovnet.eu
This project is funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP), grant agreement n°620978