IN-4-AHA, the new EU-funded Coordination and Support Action (CSA) has organized its kick-off meeting on 9 February. The event was divided into two parts and external stakeholders were invited to join the morning programme to discuss the project’s objectives, the current policy framework, and existing barriers to scale-up active and healthy ageing. During the event, it became clear that the IN-4-AHA project can help to unlock the potential and deliver the promise of digital innovation in active and healthy ageing. It was underlined that the project in the future will engage with stakeholders such as the EIPonAHA community, policy-makers, healthcare providers, end-users, and investors.

Irina Kalderon Libal (DG CONNECT, European Commission) discussed the policy framework around ageing and focused on the Green Paper on Ageing that was published on 27 January 2021. Gisela Garcia- Alvarez (Galician Health Cluster), a partner in the IN-4-AHA consortium, discussed the importance of clusters and digital innovation hubs to engage with several layers of the society and together work towards innovative solutions. Throughout the panel discussion, members of the IN-4-AHA consortium and external stakeholders discussed the legacy of EIPonAHA, and, furthermore, identified what kind of changes are required for the future. The speakers agreed that new solutions should be sustainable and must be built upon strong dialogues with all kind of stakeholders. The new plans should be in line with procurers’ needs and the expectations of the end-users.

Find the recording of the event below. Would you like to learn more about the upcoming initiatives of IN-4-AHA? Follow the EIP on AHA Twitter account and join the Linkedin group.