ICT for ageing well.



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  1. The AAL Joint Association was founded by 14 member organisations on 19 September 2007 in Brussels;
  2. As part of its overall action plan “Ageing Well in the Information Society”, the European Commission proposed in June 2007 a co-decision of the Council of Ministers and European;
  3. The EU Parliament, based on Article 185 of the TFEU, designed to strengthen research cooperation between Partner States’ own initiatives and those of the EU29 to financially support the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP) of 23 European countries;
  4. In June 2008 this proposal was adopted by the European Council and the EU Parliament. Up until 2013, the AAL JP aims to join together national research activities in the area and complement:EU funded activities within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).


Total investment over this period was planned at minimally €600m contributed in the ratio of about 25% from the Commission, 25% from Partner States and 50% from programme participants;


Milestones for the political decision making on AAL:


30 July 2008

The DECISION No 742/2008/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 9 July 2008 on the Community’s participation in a research and development programme undertaken by several Member States aimed at enhancing the quality of life of older people through the use of new information and communication technologies is published in the   Official Journal L201.


23 June 2008

Council adopts participation of European Commission in the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme


13 March 2008

European Parliament approved the Commission proposal with great majority


24 January 2008

Ambient Assisted Living” (AAL) in a co-decision report unanimously approved by the European Parliament´s Industry Committee (ITRE)


23 November 2007

The Competitiveness Council of the European Union agreed on a general approach towards the AAL Joint Programme. For the draft minutes click here.


19 September 2007

AAL association founded on 19 September 2007 by 14 founding members


14 June 2007

Adoption of a European Action Plan for “Ageing Well in the Information Society” by the Commission