[ec] A consultation inviting citizens, businesses and researchers to share ideas on how best to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to help older Europeans live more independently, and more generally to establish new ways to put ICTs at the service of the most vulnerable members of society, has been launched by a high-level panel established to advise the European Commission on the functioning of the Ambient Assisted Living joint programme (AAL JP). The panel is chaired by former European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva. The public consultation is the first step towards meeting the target of doubling the take-up of independent living arrangements for the elderly by 2015 set by the Digital Agenda. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "Information and communications technologies have immense potential to improve the quality of life and health of older people and other vulnerable members of society in very practical ways. Such applications are an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe. I therefore encourage users, researchers and businesses to let us know how we can best improve the Ambient Assisted Living joint programme." The consultation runs until 1 July 2010.
Digital Agenda: European high-level panel consults on ICT solutions to help elderly to live more independently