On 21 February, ANEC Deputy Secretary-General, Chiara Giovannini (also member of the PROGRESSIVE Advisory Board), spoke in the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED) workshop ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Appliances in the Home’. She stressed that smart appliances can bring social and economic benefits to consumers, but the potential opportunities will be achieved only if services and products can be designed with trust, privacy and security built in so…

In its recent report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission (EC) reaffirmed its position on the implementation of EU standardisation policy and the contribution of European standards to EU policies. The EC reports the contribution of standards to EU policies (1) to promote innovation; (2) to increase quality, safety, security and sustainability of goods and services;…

The Swedish Consumers’ Association launched a campaign on cognitive accessibility to address cognitive accessibility as an important factor for safe, conscious and sustainable consumption. Cognitive accessibility is as basic as providing good service and useful information for all. Meaning that consumers are provided with information that they can receive and process in a safe environment. The Swedish Consumers’ Association wants to raise awareness about cognitive accessibility as an important factor for…

The Internet of Things is emerging with smart watches, dolls, and other connected household items. Yet scandals have also been emerging with bans on watches for children for example, cleaning robots that can share maps of your house, etc. In the context of the COPOLCO (ISO’s committee on consumer policy) proposal for “privacy by design” and new European legislation enforcing privacy, it is worth considering that the success of technology will…

One of the many aspects the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is working on is the sharing economy. People who work for online platforms (like Uber, Deliveroo, etc.) often report extreme levels of control, precarious working conditions and no health and safety protection. ETUC therefore calls for European law to regulate working conditions for online platforms. In a context of ageing demographics, PROGRESSIVE recalls that older people are both workers of…

PROGRESSIVE has examined a large number of guidelines and specifications for Smart City solutions, searching for those which recognise the needs of users and not just optimal technical deployments. There is a possibility now to leverage the work that is ongoing in the European Standards Organisations’ joint strategy and advisory committee called Sector Forum for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Working with the team which is collating the various Smart…

On World Consumer Rights Day (March 15th), the PROGRESSIVE project is rallying the call of Consumers International for fairer – and more inclusive! – digital marketplaces. Digitalised goods and services must comply with design-for-all principles so that connectedness does not prevent consumers of all ages to take part in society. The increasing digitalisation of goods and services is bringing both opportunities and challenges especially with regard to accessibility and usability. This…

On the occasion of the recent Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing, AGE Platform Europe proposed the establishment of a temporary working group to foster the collaboration of the partners of the EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing and the partners of the EIP on Smart Cities and Communities.* The discussion was initiated on 26 February at a side event on smart and…

In standardisation, inclusiveness – that is, the participation of a wide range of stakeholders – is important to improve the quality of standards and legitimise the outcome of the standardisation process. Users of products and services are a recognised stakeholder group in the European standardisation system and, at national level, standardisation initiatives invite users and their representatives to participate. Despite all efforts to invite different user groups, the users are underrepresented.…

At the recent AgeingFit conference, held on February 6th and 7th in Nice (France), PROGRESSIVE partners Diane Whitehouse of the European Health Telematics Association and Frederic Lievens of the Telehealth Quality Group, together with Arnaud Senn from the European Commission and Lucas Perez of Health My Project, discussed how existing and future standards and legislation will shape the healthy ageing market. From some of the introductory remarks during this conference session,…

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