Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


The Information Society Technologies (IST) priority is one of the seven priority themes of the EU sixth Framework Programme for research and development (FP6). It has a total budget of 3.6 B€ over four years and supports research in information and communication technologies and their applications. Funding is provided to collaborative research projects following calls for proposals. The IST work programme structures the content of the calls into a set of Strategic Objectives. The first IST call was launched in December 2002 and had a deadline in April 2003. The call attracted 1400 proposals requesting 6.2 B€. The budget available for the call was 1.07 B€. Selected projects are expected to be launched in the autumn 2003. Read more
Text of a presentation by the Commissioner on a series of initiatives taken in recent weeks, such as the adoption of a communication on eGovernment, a communication on open platforms, the results of the first call of the IST research programme and a communication on the use of Information and Communications Technologies for Safe and Intelligent Vehicles (eSafety) Read more
The Commission has adopted the eSafety Communication, laying down a set of measures for supporting the industry in developing safer and more intelligent vehicles and enabling their rapid introduction into the market. The goal is halving the number of road deaths in Europe by 2010. To achieve it, the European Commission proposes the broad deployment of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) in cars. The general framework for Community actions regarding road safety had been presented in a recently adopted Road Safety Action Programme. The adopted eSafety Communication is based on extensive consultations with industry and other players. It builds on the Action Programme by bringing forward many detailed actions to improve the use of ICT in vehicles. These measures will potentially affect all types of vehicles in the future and are important for all road users. Read more
The European Commission adopted a communication signalling the importance of eGovernment as a means of achieving world-class public administration in Europe. As part of the Lisbon strategy, eGovernment is seen as providing a major economic boost by providing new and better services for all citizens and companies of Europe. The Communication calls upon Member States to express their political commitment to co-operation at European level spanning both the private and public sector, to accelerate the take-up and development of eGovernment. It presents a set of actions that reinforce the eGovernment priorities currently being addressed within the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. Read more
The Union's priority for R&D in Information Society Technologies (IST) aims to bring technologies closer to people, ensuring that all Europe's citizens and businesses can, and actually do benefit from technological advance. As a result of the first IST Call for Proposals under the sixth Framework Programme, the Commission's Information Society Directorate-General will be launching 236 new IST projects to the tune of 1 billion Euro of Community funding. This represents the largest award of its kind in the history of the Framework Programme. Read more
On Monday 29 September, Commissioner Liikanen is to give a press conference on a number of related developments concerning the Information Society. These will cover the recent Communications on eGovernment, eSafety and Open Platforms, and an announcement of the results of the first Call for IST research projects. Mr Max Moseley (Chairman of ERTICO and President of the FIA) will join the Commissioner for coverage of "eSafety" for road transport in Europe. The press conference will begin at 12h15 in the Breydel Press Centre, European Commission, Brussels. All accredited journalists are welcome. Further information : or Read more
Speech given by Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the TeliaSonera Executive Customer Event in Stockholm on 26 September 2003 Read more
The names of the eight international research teams short-listed for this prestigious scientific award were announced today. Launched in 2000, the EU Descartes Prize rewards outstanding scientific and technological research carried out by cross-European collaboration and partnerships. Over 900 scientists in 230 research teams from across Europe competed for this year's prize. The eight projects short-listed today cover a wide range of science and technology fields - information and computer sciences, geophysics, life sciences, engineering, molecular chemistry and materials engineering. The projects address wide ranging issues such as artificial intelligence, next generation aircraft, thin and pliable TV and computer screens, giant sea waves, advanced satellite positioning systems, new drugs for post-menopausal disorders and cures for Alzheimer's disease. The work of the finalists will be presented, and the winners of this year's awards announced at a ceremony in Rome on 20 November. Winners will share a €1million prize. Read more
From 16/11/2003 to 20/11/2003
Madrid, Spain
The plenary session on 17 November will focus on eSafety, a joint industry-public sector initiative for improving road safety by using new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This initiative is driven by the European Commission with ERTICO (and ACEA (Association of European Car Manufacturers). The Americas and Asia-Pacific regions will also highlight their road safety plans. Mr. Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, has been invited to speak at this session. More than 200 exhibitors will display state-of-the-art services, products and projects in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. Read more
The European Information Security Awards, supported by the European Commission, aim to recognise and reward the most significant achievements in the field of information security across Europe. The 2003 Awards Categories are : European Policy, Academic Research and Implementations. Every submission will be subjected to a rigorous evaluation process, with final judging being conducted by an independent panel of security professionals. The awards will be presented at the opening of the fourth annual RSA Conference on November 3. The closing date for submitting entries is September 30th, 2003 Read more