The European Commission organised the 2nd edition of European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing on 6th and 7th December 2016. European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, Markku Markkula President of the European Committee of the Regions and the Regional leaders represented the 74 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).
The event gathered 400 participants, including Commissioners, other representatives of the European Commission and high-level representatives of public authorities at EU, national and regional level and also lined up representatives of prominent European sector associations,as well as other relevant stakeholders.The unprecedented ageing of Europe's (and the global) population is already having profound consequences for individuals, businesses, governments, policy-makers and investors. The global ageing phenomenon is challenging established economic models, reshaping consumer spending and driving the emergence of new industry and service sectors of the European and global economy.
Demographic change constitutes a societal challenge for Europe, but also offers new opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs particularly in ICT innovation and the digital economy. The Digital Single Market can transform demographic change into a triple-win for Europe; an opportunity to improve the quality of life of our ageing population, to move towards more sustainable health and care systems and to create economic growth and jobs in the Silver Economy.
Our collective ability to seize this opportunity will require global collaboration and a shared-vision amongst Europe's civil society, industry leaders, innovators, public authorities and policy makers. The 2016 Innovation Summit is designed to harness the transformative potential of the Digital Single Market across different sectors of our society and economy, develop joint actions and ultimately maximise the benefits of digital innovation for Europe's ageing society.