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The Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a project managed jointly by the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), and the Population Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The first phase of the project was implemented from January 2012 to February 2013. Its major outcome was a release of AAI results for 27 European Union countries. The main developer of the 2012 AAI was the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna.

The 2012 AAI was presented to policymakers, civil society, researchers and other stakeholders at numerous international meetings, conferences and fora and recognized as a successful tool which needs to be further extended and applied. AAI implementation and reaching out to stakeholders are the steps to be taken under the second phase of the project — “AAI-II”.

AAI-II started in October 2013 and will continue through the end 2015. The main objective of the second phase is to mainstream the use and applicability of AAI for evidence-based policymaking and promote the index as a useful instrument for related analytical work and advocacy. The main project activities include:

  • Further research and analysis

  • Working with stakeholders

  • Communication about the index

You can find more details on the AAI-II here.

The project benefits from the advice of the informal Expert Group on Active Ageing Index that brings together leading researchers, statisticians, government and civil society representatives (see the list of members). The Expert Group met twice in 2012 and at least two meetings will take place until 2015.

The work on AAI also involves collaboration with the UNECE Task Force on ageing-related statistics.

For further questions on AAI or suggestions for improving AAI please e-mail to

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