The European population is ageing rapidly, but living longer does not always mean an active, healthier and independent life. Studies demonstrate that life expectancy will continue to increase, yet unhealthy life years make up around 20% of a person’s life. To tackle this major societal issue, the European Commission, in the context of the Europe2020’s initiative Innovation Union, launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA). The EIPAHA gathers key stakeholders from the public and private sectors (end users, public authorities, industry, researchers, etc.) to work together towards innovative solutions that meet the needs of ageing population. The EIPAHA also aims to improve the sustainability of social and health care systems and boosting the competitiveness of innovative products and services markets.


To support the EIPAHA activities, the European Commission, through the Horizon 2020 programme, funded the PROEIPAHA project. PROEIPAHA was a Support Action that brought together 14 partners organizations with the aim to support EIPAHA activities, to increase the impact of the EIPAHA at systemic level and to help the EIPAHA to innovate itself, making it fit for the future. PROEIPAHA objectives:

  • Provide efficient and effective support to the existing Action Groups in implementing their Action Plans (Support – Communication – Dissemination);
  • Support the implementation of new Action Plans coming from new priority action areas identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan of EIP-AHA;
  • Identify any new areas that can be regarded as future priority action areas;
  • Work together with the European Commission, national, regional and local authorities to develop recommendations for a more favourable and standardised regulatory environment.

EHMA’s role

EHMA was involved in several of the PROEIPAHA’s working packages, carrying out a wide-range of activities as: knowledge sharing, policy analysis, preparation and analysis of surveys, traditional and social media dissemination.

“PROEIPAHA” is a Support Action to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 643803.
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