Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, awarded star-prizes to 73 European cities, regions and federal states at the European Reference Sites awards ceremony, held in Brussels on 6 December 2016 as part of the European Summit on Digital Innovation for AHA.
They were only 32 in 2013. Three years later, it is 74 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) that have been awarded for their commitment to developing, adopting and scaling-up digital innovation for the ageing European society.
They represent inspirational ecosystems, consisting of industry, academia and government authorities, are being rewarded for delivering innovative digital solutions, to improve the lives and health of older people. The maximum of four stars were awarded to Andalusia, Basque Country, Catalonia, Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Southern Denmark and Wales.
The Reference Sites awards celebrate the commitment of these European regions to invest over €4 billion in connected healthcare for the elderly population until 2019 – an investment expecting to benefit 5 million people across Europe.