Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


From 16/10/2003 to 17/10/2003
Florence, Italy
This international conference is held within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Representatives from the European Commission (the digiCULT Head of Unit Bernard Smith and Maurizio Lunghi), the Secretary General of IFLA, representatives of FIAT/IFTA, ICA, ICOM, UNESCO, will give keynote speeches. The titles of the sessions are: "Technologies, Standard and Methods: The State of the Art in Europe", "Strategies, Regulations and Organisational Models" A Round Table will we held on "EU Strategies and Policies for Long Term Preservation of the Digital Memory of Cultural Heritage Read more
From 06/10/2003 to 07/10/2003
Salzburg, Austria
New Media and digital technologies impact on the daily routine of artists, curators, scientists, educators and publishers. However, fast changes in technologies challenge stakeholders in the cultural and scientific institutions when developing tailor-made solutions for their cultural assets. Moreover, the burning issue is how to benefit from new technolgies. On this background, a panel of international experts will address the relationship between digital technology and cultural and scientific heritage. Read more
From 22/09/2003 to 10/10/2003
Avenue de Beaulieu 24, Brussels, Belgium
DG INFSO is organising a series of presentations on the future Member States and the first exhibion will be on the Czech Republic.It will start on September 22 and will be opened by Mr. Fabio Colasanti, Director General of Information Society, and Mr.Pavel Telicka, Ambassador of the Mission of the Czech Republic to the European Communities. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 23 during 3 weeks. It will be held at the Information Resource Center (IRC) of DG INFSO. Read more
An agreement has been reached between the European Union and China on its participation in the GALILEO programme. This agreement was initialled in Beijing on 18 September 2003 by Mr F. Lamoureux, Director-General of Energy and Transport at the European Commission, and Mr Shi Dinghuan, Secretary General of China's Ministry of Science and Technology. China will help GALILEO to become the major world infrastructure for the growing market for location services, said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the GALILEO programme. Her counterpart in the negotiations, China's Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua highlighted that China supports GALILEO and plans to participate actively in its construction and application for mutual benefits. Read more
The public in most Member States has a "reasonable" level of confidence in electronic payment transactions, according to the results of a study undertaken for the European Commission. The study was presented to a conference organised by the Commission in Brussels on 16th September that highlighted the increasing economic importance of such transactions and assessed the technological solutions which keep payment providers and users ahead of criminals and fraudsters. Finnish consumers show the highest level of confidence, followed by the Dutch and Swedish. Greek and Portuguese consumers have a particular lack of trust in electronic payments. The study also concluded that businesses using e-commerce need to improve the information they provide to consumers on security issues but that customers comparatively rarely suffer financially from fraud, which when it occurs is usually at the expense of the business involved. Read more
EU Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society Erkki Liikanen and Minister Ma Kai of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) signed on 17 september an agreement setting up a dialogue on industrial policy. This agreement will deepen EU-China cooperation and build upon an existing successful dialogue set up by the European Commission and the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The signing of the agreement marks the conclusion of the second official visit of Commissioner Liikanen to China. Read more
From 02/10/2003 to 04/10/2003
Milan, Italy
IST 2003 will address European policies, strategies and research activities in all areas of the Information Society. It will be held this year in partnership with SMAU, one of Europe's largest ICT events; Read more
Speech by David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection at the Conference on "Security of non-cash means of payment" held in Brussels on 16 September 2003 Read more
Speech given by Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the China National School of Administration in Beijing (China) on 16 September 2003 Read more
The European Commission has launched an eight-week Internet consultation on legal barriers that enterprises still encounter when using electronic commerce and other electronic business applications. Such problems could arise, for example, from divergent national legal provisions for electronic invoicing or from a different legal treatment of online and offline business. The Commission would be interested to learn more about remaining practical reasons for not doing business electronically. This consultation is open to all enterprises until 7 November 2003. The results of this consultation will be presented and further discussed at a conference in March/April 2004 in Brussels. Read more