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Health and well-being of young people

Health and well-being of young people

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Health and well-being of young people


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Education training youth sport > Youth

Health and well-being of young people

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Resolution of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of 20 November on the health and well-being of young people [Official Journal C 319 of 13.12.2008].


Even though the health of Europe’s young people is considered to be in general rather satisfactory, concerns remain regarding nutrition, physical activity, alcohol abuse, as well as sexual and mental health. In this context, it is essential to promote a healthy lifestyle, to adopt preventive measures and to take gender issues into consideration.

Several aspects related to living conditions pose a risk to young people’s health and well-being. To ensure the healthy development of young people, their physical and social environments should be wholesome. This aim is best achieved by giving further support to parents.

The extent of social inclusion and level of education of young people is closely related to their health and well-being. Hence, it is important that young people are kept well informed of the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and that they are encouraged to become more responsible and autonomous with regard to their own health.

In order to ensure that youth health policy is efficient, the state of play should be assessed to provide better tailored strategies that take into consideration the needs of and differences among young people. The strategies should be based on a comprehensive and cross-sectoral approach. Youth health policy should involve the local, regional, national and European levels and be developed in close partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.

Consequently, the Council is inviting Member States to:

  • mainstream the “youth” dimension into all initiatives that are related to health issues and implement appropriate measures for youth health policy;
  • allow all relevant stakeholders, including young people themselves, to participate in developing and implementing the initiatives related to health issues;
  • support young people’s access to both cultural and physical leisure-time activities;
  • consider youth health issues in information and the media programmes and policies;
  • promote youth workers’ and organisations’ training on health issues and prevention measures.

The Commission is also invited to ensure the mainstreaming of the “youth” dimension in all initiatives related to health issues, as well as to include all stakeholders and the young people themselves at all stages of development of the initiatives on youth health policy.

Finally, the Council is inviting Member States and the Commission to collaborate, in order to:

  • expand knowledge of youth health issues by increasing research into and regular reporting on the topic;
  • include data on youth health and well-being into the Commission’s triennial report on young people’s situation in Europe;
  • inform the public about issues that affect the health of young people;
  • promote exchanges at the local, regional, national and European levels on best practice related to youth health;
  • promote the use of existing European Union (EU) instruments in the development of youth health-related projects;
  • encourage stronger collaboration on youth health issues among young people, youth organisations and other relevant stakeholders as well as civil society.


The White Paper on youth of 21 November 2001 recognised the importance of health in empowering young people, fostering their social inclusion and developing their active citizenship. The European Youth Pact, adopted in March 2005, further emphasised the need to mainstream the “youth” dimension, in particular issues related youth health, to other relevant European policies.

Ageing well in the information society: The Ambient Assisted Living Programme

Ageing well in the information society: The Ambient Assisted Living Programme

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Ageing well in the information society: The Ambient Assisted Living Programme


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Research and innovation > Research in support of other policies

Ageing well in the information society: The Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Programme


Decision N° 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 (Text with EEA relevance).

The Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme was set up on the initiative of several Member States to encourage research and development concerning the ageing of the population and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The programme is aimed at applied research for the development of products and services to enhance autonomy, employability and participation of older people in society.

The European Community is participating in the AAL Joint Programme which has been undertaken by several Member States within the meaning of Article 169 of the Treaty. It is co-financing activities of research, development and innovation through the ICT initiative of the Specific Programme ‘Cooperation’ implementing the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7).

The European Union (EU) Member states participating in the programme are: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, France, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Sweden.

In addition, some third countries, Israel, Norway and Switzerland, are participating in the programme by carrying out joint activities.

The States undertake to contribute to funding the programme. They must respect the Community regulations concerning State aid and intellectual property. They are, moreover, subject to transversal principles of scientific excellence, ethics, gender equality and contribution to sustainable development.

Implementation of the programme

The AAL Association is the body responsible for executing the programme. It has been created as an international non-profit association according to Belgian law. Its General Assembly is the decision-making body for the programme. The Commission participates in its meetings as an observer member.

In line with the general agreement and the financial agreements that it has concluded with the Commission, the AAL Association is responsible for:

  • preparing annual work programmes, procedures for calls for proposals and the selection and monitoring of projects;
  • the integration of national programmes in scientific, administrative and financial domains;
  • managing the Community’s financial contribution and in particular its transfer to national agencies managing the programme.

The national agencies will be responsible for receiving and allocating national financial contributions.

Monitoring and evaluation of the programme

The Commission and the European Court of Auditors will monitor the sound administration of the AAL Association. In addition, if the programme’s performance is not satisfactory or if national contributions are not paid, the Commission may withdraw its funding.

The results of the programme will be presented annually by the AAL Association, and also as part of FP7. The Commission will present two reports evaluating the programme to the Council and to the European Parliament, at an intermediary stage and then at the end of the programming period.


The EU must take advantage of the extended life expectancy of its citizens and transform this demographic challenge into an opportunity. The ageing of the population must be considered in relation to the objectives for growth and employment in the Renewed Lisbon Strategy.

Act Entry into force Transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Decision 742/2008/EC


OJ L 201 of 30.7.2008