The PROGRESSIVE project – which AGE is a partner of – held an excellent workshop in Brussels on 19th October 2017. The important debate that took place is supportive of key European agendas concerned, on the one hand, to harness the benefits of ICT and, on the other hand, to maximise the inclusion of all citizens, regardless of their age.
Thanks to the contributions of fourteen great and sometimes provocative speakers and over 80 participants coming from a wide range of stakeholder groups and European countries, work undertaken by the PROGRESSIVE project was set out.
Comments and insights on key issues were provided; and a vigorous debate around standards for ICT and active and healthy ageing was stimulated, mainly focusing on:
- future directions that could improve the overall coordination of standardisation to ensure the greater suitability of products and services used or accessed by older people;
- specific ways in which standardisation processes could be more open to contributions from stakeholders, including engagement with older people’s organisations; and
- the scope for further (new or amended) standards to meet the needs of Europe’s ageing population.
A comprehensive report of the workshop is available here.
For more information on AGE position on standardisation: