editor's blog

Policy event on ‘Healthy Ageing’ for national policy makers, organized jointly by the Dutch Embassy in Lithuania and the Lithuanian Innovation Centre

Two specialists from the Netherlands, Joram Nauta, TNO (INNOVAge partner) and Frank Bonnerman (senior policy maker at the Dutch Ministry of Interior Affairs, responsible foresight about housing for the elderly) gave presentations to a select number of policy makers from different ministries in Lithuania introducing the topic of independent living of the elderly and the policy setting and experience in the Netherlands. After the presentations, in a moderated discussion possible lessons for Lithuania were discussed.

Event on active ageing&independent living organized in the Czech Republic by Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia (RERA)

As a part of communication and dissemination activities, RERA has organized the National Event on Active Ageing&Independent Living. The event was held on 16th April 2013 in České Budějovice (Czech Republic – NUTS II Southwest Bohemia), and was organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Health and Social Studies of the University of South Bohemia within the International Week of Social Work 2013. The event was attended by students and academic staff from several universities across Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Norway).

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013

The annual Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. It helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts in order to boost their innovation performance Based on the Summary Innovation Index, the Member States fall into the following four country groups:

EuroHealthNet welcomes focus on longer lives but regrets growing inequalities in new European health report

The European Health Report 2012: Charting the way to wellbeing, shows that application of knowledge about how to improve health across all public policies brings demonstrable benefits: life expectancy is up by an average of five years since 1980 and is projected to increase despite major risks and threats. But data from individual countries show large inequalities in life expectancy and years gained, especially when analysed by sex and regions.