The European Centre has been mandated to undertake various follow-up activities of the so-called 'Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing' since 2002. This work was supported by the Austrian Government (through the Ministry of Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs). The work has been undertaken in collaboration with and with the assistance of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat and its Population Ageing Unit (PAU) and the newly established UNECE Working Group on Ageing. This formal collaboration between the European Centre and UNECE, originally under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection, was laid down in 2004 in form of a 'Memorandum of Understanding'. A new Memorandum of Understanding between UNECE and EC has been signed in March 2009 extending the project until February 2014, after which the parties undertake to review the results of the cooperation and decide upon its continuation.
The main goal of the MA:IMI project is to provide scientific and technical assistance to governments in implementation and monitoring of their actions on ageing within the UNECE region (56 Member States) by the following steps:
An overview of work undertaken in the second phase of the MA:IMI project is summarised below: