Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


This issue of Euroabstracts, bimonthly review published on CORDIS, features an interview with Dr Knut Blind, the leader of a recently published investigation into how regulatory frameworks affect the innovation process. Read more
A vacancy notice for the position of executive director of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (2004/c 79 a/01) on 30 March. Copies of this notice, an application form, and further information on the new Agency itself are available from the ENISA website. Read more
2004 Euro India Co-operation Forum on the Information Society, New Delhi, India, 26 March 2004 Read more
A new thematic web portal has just been launched on Europa: it provides a user-friendly and easily accessible presentation of the Information Society, grouped under 7 broad themes. The policies and activities currently being pursued by the European Commission are also clearly presented and re-grouped under their own menus, to ease the navigation of more frequent visitors, familiar with the site. For its launch, the Information Society Portal has been published only in English, but in the coming months, the more general "higher levels" of content addressed to the interested public, will be presented in all 20 Community languages. Europe's Information Society Portal is the pilot for " Europa 2nd Generation" and is part of the Commission's reforms. The new Europa modernises the presence of all EU Institutions on the Internet, and enhances their levels interactivity with a wider audience. All subjects addressed by the European Commission are to be presented thematically, and totally independently of the structure of Directorates General undertaking the work. Read more
Highlights from a recent Eurobarometer survey of differences in parental attitudes towards internet use among children Read more
At a seminar in Brussels on March 24-26 European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented the EU funded DETECT-it project, that will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to overcome the difficulties in setting up and financing research activities. The project aims to identify the most innovative SMEs, and encourage them to make the most of the EU 6th Research Framework Programme (FP6 2003-2006) funding. Within FP6, a total of at least €2.2 billion will go to SMEs. Through the project the Commission's Business Innovation Centre incubators (EC-BICs) will cluster more than 1000 SMEs into three target industry sectors. These sectors include information society technology (IST), food quality & safety and environment & energy. FP6 experts, including technology brokers, Commission experts and National Contact Points (NCPs) from each industry sector will direct the SMEs to the appropriate European research funding programmes. Corporate mentors, leading industry players and early stage financial support organisations will also support the SMEs. DETECT-it is co-ordinated by the European Business Network (EBN), the reference network for incubators and EC BICs in Europe. Read more
European Business Group Lunch Meeting , New Delhi, India, 25 March 2004 Read more
2004 Euro India Co-operation Forum on the Information Society New Delhi, India, 25 March 2004 Read more
CeBIT, Hannover, Germany, 18th March 2004 Read more
Brussels, Belgium
On 18 March the European Commission launched a wide-ranging public consultation on the interoperability of interactive television services. This consultation seeks written views on a working paper prepared by staff of the Information Society DG. A public hearing will take place in Brussels on April 20th. Full details of the consultation and a copy of the working paper itself are available on the website. Read more