74 European regions and/or cities, known as Reference Sites, have been recognised in Brussels by the European Commission for their efforts to construct innovative environments and proposals for the future in regard to active and healthy ageing.
The Basque Country is one of the eight regions awarded the highest rating of four stars, thus consolidating and improving the three-star rating earned in 2013.
Basque Government Deputy Minister for Health Guillermo Viñegra collected the award from Commissioner Oittinger. He was accompanied by José María Guibert (Rector of the University of Deusto), María Aguirre (Director for Health Research and Innovation of the Basque Government’s Ministry of Health), Sergio Murillo (General Director for the Promotion of Personal Autonomy and Dependency at the Provincial Council of Bizkaia) and Esteban de Manuel (Manager of Kronikgune).
In the picture, representatives of the Basque delegation show the achieved award. From left to right: Toñi Caro (Head of the International Research Project Office IRPO of the University of Deusto), María Aguirre (Basque Government), Sergio Murillo (Provincial Council of Bizkaia), Guillermo Viñegra (Basque Government) and Jose María Guibert (Rector of the University of Deusto).
Since the start-up of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing initiative in 2012, 6 Action Groups have been regularly identifying and documenting the progress and commitments of a multitude of agents who are working at local level day by day to improve care for and the health of the elderly. This has brought to light the efforts that are being made in different contexts, enabling us to learn together from best practices and weave a powerful web of connections between holders of political responsibility, researchers, businesses and social actors throughout Europe as more than 2000 people gathered for the European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active & Healthy Ageing held in Brussels on 6-7 December 2016.
This was made possible thanks to the hard work done over the years by a large number of actors in the region, and to the firm backing of a small group of forward-looking individuals and institutions prepared to invest time and resources in highlighting the initiatives, projects, plans and strategies of the Basque Country in Brussels (the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Osakidetza (the basque health service), the University of Deusto, Donostia Municipal Council and the Matia Foundation).
The University of Deusto blends competitiveness, innovation, and technology to tackle challenges in Ageing through the Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing, which gathers seven research teams: Ageing Research, Deusto Business School Health, Deustotech Energy, eLIFE, Leisure and Human Development, MORELAB and Neuropsychology of Severe Medical Conditions.
The University of Deusto attended the event as a delegation of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing. In the picture, from left to right: Elena Urizar (Deusto Business School Health), José María Guibert, Toñi Caro and Amaya Méndez (eLIFE DeustoTech research team).