The Dutch Action Plan 55-plus Workers

In 2013 the Dutch government and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) announced that they would make €67 million available to help tackle the unemployment of older adults in the Netherlands through the Action Plan 55-plus Workers. Brought into fruition on the 2nd of October 2013 in Amsterdam, the UWV and the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment oversee the commitment of government funds to support older adult’s employment.


Flanders’ Care

Flanders’ Care is an initiative by the Flemish government. This programme aims to ensure the quality of healthcare by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, in response to the social and demographic changes which are seen as the biggest challenge for the Flemish health and welfare sector. The intention is to provide a triple win: creating affordable and quality health care and at the same time encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, jobs and economic growth.


Spanish Programmes to Support Older People by IMSERSO

In Spain, policy and strategy for services related to senior people are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality, at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. In practice, these are delegated to the Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (IMSERSO, Institute for the Elderly and Social Services). IMSERSO was created in 1978 and until 1997 focused on action targeting the elderly, disabled and asylum seekers, under a national remit.


Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe Final Conference

On the 29th November 2016, the Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe (MOPACT) Final Conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium. The conference will present the findings of the MOPACT project, a consortium of 32 partners funded for four years by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. MOPACT was created as a response to the increasing demographic changes of Europe and with a belief that the approach to ageing must be rethought in order to realise the social and economic potential this change can bring for Europe.


The French Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement

In France, national standards are already being implemented in regards to the Silver Economy. The Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement is a key example of France’s commitment to incorporating the Silver Economy into its political and economic agenda. It was created in 2013 under the authority of Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Productive Renewal, and Michèle Delaunay, the Minister responsible for seniors and autonomy.

Signed on 12 December 2013, the Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement is currently developing 49 actions in the following six areas:


Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange - engaging with the Silver Economy in Ireland

Ireland has begun to strategically implement policies to ensure an efficient engagement of their economy with the Silver Generation. Through the creation of businesses, rising exports and increased employment Ireland hopes to access the opportunities of a Silver Economy and in particular Smart Ageing. One strategy to reach these goals is the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX). ISAX is a new independent network, aiming to fast-track the R&D and commercialisation of solutions for the global Smart Ageing economy.