A Commission proposal for a Council Decision on a Community technology initiative for disabled and elderly people, TIDE, 1993-1994 (COM(93) 175), was submitted to the Council and the European Parliament on 14.5.1993. The proposal takes into account the results of the TIDE pilot action (OJ No C 76 of 21.3.1991) and the European Parliament Resolution of 17 September 1992 (OJ No C 284 of 2.11.1992) calling on the Community to launch a programme for 1993 and 1994 and to ensure the allocation of sufficient funds to such an action. Its aim is to stimulate the creation of an internal market in rehabilitation technology in Europe to facilitate the socioeconomic integration of disabled and elderly people. To achieve this, the programme will seek to promote technology application in the area of rehabilitation technology and to stimulate cooperation between industries in this field. In scope, the TIDE action is to cover four areas: - Access to communications and information technology and support for interpersonal communications; - Environmental control technologies for daily living; - Restoration and enhancement of motor and cognitive functions; - Integrated systems technologies. The Community's financial contribution shall be adapted to the characteristics of the specific case. It may be made in the form of a direct or indirect subsidy, an advance on own capital, or may take other suitable forms.
Policy making and guidelines
21 September 1993