Newsletter #16 June 2015


We have reached 300 members! AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network doesn’t stop growing and becomes stronger and stronger to prepare the launch of the Covenant of Demographic Change on 7 December at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. We have recently launched a call for interest to take part in the launch event; do not hesitate to fill in the form here if you wish to be kept informed about the registrations’ opening and the publication of the agenda. More information on the Covenant is available here. In the meantime, do not forget to add your initiatives supporting active and healthy ageing in AFE-INNOVNET repository!

Featured News

New calls for proposals under the EU Health Programme


The 3rd EU Health Programme has recently been launched. It offers funding in a range of areas including the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities.

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Launch of the EU Access City Award 2016


The European Commission launched on 15 June 2015 the competition for the sixth Access City Award - the European award for accessible cities. Cities over 50,000 inhabitants are invited to submit their applications for the award by 10 September.

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Upcoming launch of a EU Urban agenda


Early June, the EU Commissioner responsible for regional policy Corina Cretu and European Ministers responsible for territorial cohesion and urban matters called for an EU Urban Agenda to improve the coherence of EU action towards local authorities.

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New handbook on citizens’ engagement in smart cities


The Citizens Focus of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) has recently published a Handbook on citizens’ engagement, highlighting 10 principles to ensure that citizens are part of smart cities’ development.

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Why we joined

The Siel Bleu Association is a health care charity, improving the lives of older adults through fun and interactive, tailored exercise programmes in four European countries. Established in France in 1997, Siel Bleu has over 18 years’ experiences helping to develop a solution to promote proactive ageing for our older populations. The Association offers older adults a range of “triple impact” physical activity programmes; no matter a person’s age or physical ability, we have a programme that will improve their physical capabilities, increase their social inclusion and accelerate psychological happiness.
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Featured projects

WeDO2 project releases training package on quality long-term care


Coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with the support of the EU Grundtvig programme, the WeDO2 project supported the exchange of learning experiences and good practices in the field of long-term care services. It just released a full train-the-trainer package on quality care.

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AccessEurope: Helping Irish organisations access EU funding


The Access Europe project aims to assist Irish organisations in identifying and securing EU funding to support their projects and activities. Access Europe is a joint initiative of 13 Irish organisations, including two organisations active in the field of ageing, and is co-funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

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