Creation of a 'Silver Economy for Tomorrow' Committee
On April 24th, 2013, Arnaud Montebourg, France's Minister for Industrial enewal, and Michèle Delaunay, the Junior Minister in charge of Senior citizens and Independence, launched a new Silver Economy* initiative.
The French government's determination to help structure this sector of the economy has led, in particular, to the setting-up of a 'Silver Economy for Tomorrow' Committee, co-chaired by Arnaud Montebourg and Michèle Delaunay. On July 1st, Gilles Schnepp was appointed its Vice-Chairman and tasked with leading the committee's operations.
The committee includes representatives from businesses, trade federations and financing bodies, the relevant competence clusters and ministries, as well as players directly involved in assisted living and retirement insurance. Its role is to perform expert apraisal on propositions from industry players, to enable the government to prepare and implement appropriate measures in this field.
Independent Assisted Living is a Sustainable Development priority for Legrand, which provides innovative solutions in this field. Its aim is to encourage home help and to support persons providing assistance to senior citizens. At Legrand Group level, initiatives in this field are coordinated by Giovanni Ungaro, the Intervox Brand Marketing VP.
*The term 'Silver Economy' refers to the various businesses acting with and/or on behalf of senior citizens to set up personal services and boost technology developments that support independent living. Such goods and services are becoming increasingly essential in the context of an ageing world population which already includes 900 million elderly people worldwide, and will be expanding strongly in the coming years.