& Technological Development Policy
ISPO - Information Society Promotion Office
for Community measures related
to the concept of "Information society"
"Information Society Promotion Office (ISPO)"
"Towards the information society: an action plan" COM (94) 347 final
"Europe and the global information society" Recommendations
to the European Council (Corfu Summit, June 1994).
In order to improve the coordination of its initiatives
in the area of the Information society, the Commission has created the Information
Society Activity Centre (ISAC), under the responsibility of the Directorate General
for the Information Society. Within the activity centre, the Information Society
Promotion Office (ISPO) acts as an interface between the Commission and those
undertaking projects and initiatives in the area of the Information Society.
heads of SMEs;
- local and national authorities;
of the information technologies sector;
- suppliers of the information
- the most innovative universities and research centres;
- users and associations.
Nature of the activities
The main activities of ISPO include
management of Information Society Multiannual Programme (PROMISE programme 1998-2002);
provision of information services through electronic and traditional media;
Society awareness and promotion actions;
- inventories of Information
Society projects and actions;
- best practices identification and brokerage;
promotion of networking between European Information Society actors;
targeted Information Society projects and promotion actions such as the Global
Inventory Project (GIP), G7 Global Inventory and European Survey of Information
Society and events like Internet Fiesta.
- ISPO Help and information desk (free phone
- Information pages on the Internet (http://www.ispo.cec.be)
- ISPO monthly Newsletter - IS news - available on the Internet or
on request from the ISPO Office, free of charge
to the Information Society: the European Way"
- "How to benefit
from the Information Society"
- ISPO press book illustrates several
innovative applications in the area of the information society, December 1998
Financial instruments of the European Union for Information Society projects and
Sources of additional information
- European Commission
General Information Society
BU 24 0/74
Rue de la Loi 200
+32-2-296 88 00
Fax: +32-2-299 41 80
InfoDesk Free phone Service:
Austria: 0800 295835
Denmark: 800 18888
Finland: 0800 113635
France: 0800 917227
Germany: 0800 1821943
Greece: 00800 3212 635
Ireland: 1800 553224
Italy: 800 876790
Luxembourg: 0800 2929
The Netherlands: 0800 0222086
Portugal: 8008 32 635
Spain: 900 993290
Sweden: 020 791 635
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