The consultation is linked to a new Green Paper which highlights the need to improve access to finance, especially for small businesses, as key to enabling the sector to flourish and to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.
Boosting cultural heritage online: the European Commission sets up a Reflection Group on digitisation
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has announced that the European Commission will entrust three personalities - Maurice Lévy (CEO of Publicis), Elisabeth Niggemann (Head of the German National Library) and Jacques De Decker (writer) - to come up with recommendations on how best to speed up the digitisation, online accessibility and preservation of cultural works across Europe. This Reflection Group will examine the various ongoing initiatives involving both public and private partners (notably the Google Books project) and copyright issues to find ways to boost the digitisation efforts of the complete collections held by libraries, museums and archives in Europe. These recommendations will ultimately help Europeana, Europe's digital library, reach a new dimension: today the Europeana portal (http://www.europeana.eu/) already offers access to over 7 million digitised books, maps, photographs...
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou today praised Chinese leaders for their commitment to cooperation with Europe.
Speaking in Beijing, where she is taking part in 'executive-to-executive' meetings with Ministers in her area of responsibility, Mrs Vassiliou said: "We have had very good discussions and I am delighted that we share the same commitment to future cooperation, which will be to the benefit of all our citizens."