Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


From 16/10/2003 to 17/10/2003
Olympia 2, London, UK
According to the decision taken today, site sharing in itself does not raise competition concerns. The Commission's investigation has furthermore revealed that national roaming between licensed network operators benefits consumers by allowing the operators involved to offer better and quicker coverage, especially in less built-up and more remote areas of the UK. It also helps the launch of innovative 3rd Generation ("3G") services. Roaming will not include the top ten cities in the UK but be limited to smaller cities and rural areas. National roaming in smaller cities can benefit from an exemption form the antitrust rules until 31 December 2007 for rural areas the exemption expires on 31 December 2008. Read more
Protecting Europe's fast-growing electronic pay-services (paid for services provided via TV, radio and internet) against piracy will be an important contribution to making the EU more competitive as 21st century knowledge-based economies are expected to rely increasingly on electronic pay services, says a Commission report. Piracy is far from a victimless crime: legitimate users end up paying higher prices, operators can go bankrupt and governments are deprived of tax revenue. The report assesses the implementation of the 1998 Directive on legal protection for electronic pay services. It urges Member States to work together to fight piracy, for example through training enforcement personnel, improved co-operation between industry and enforcement authorities and exchanging best practice and information. Read more
Each week the Commission informs the media by e-mail of the Highlights for the following week. The e-mail contains brief information on important upcoming EU events with details of the nature and date of the event, whether photo opportunities will be available, whether there will be coverage on our TV or internet services and provides contact names and phone numbers for the press should further information be required. Interested journalists can subscribe free of charge and on-line. Click on "EuropeMedia" in the right top corner. Then they will be guided through the registration. Read more
The European Commission will present a roadmap with detailed measures to encourage public and private players across Europe to upgrade their research effort. The Communication on "Investing in research: an action plan for Europe" sets out initiatives required to increase the level of investment in research in the EU from 1.9% to 3% of GDP. Key actions include setting up European technology platforms, strengthening links between industry and public research, redirecting public spending towards research and innovation, making research careers more attractive and developing better fiscal incentives for research. Read more
Cass Business School, City of London
From 02/06/2003 to 03/06/2003
Hotel Intercontinental, Vienna
Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Malta, Estonia, and Cyprus have signed Memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the European Commission, formalising their participation in the IDA Programme. The MoUs allow the six EU Accession Countries to join the pan-European electronic infrastructure that the EU institutions and Member States use to exchange data for the purposes of applying EU law, enforcing single market rules, and supplying e-government services across borders to citizens and businesses. Read more
On April 22, 2003, the first plenary meeting of the eSafety Forum was held in Brussels, resulting in consensus on implementing a range of new road safety technologies. Chaired by the European Commission, the meeting brought together 150 representatives of the European automotive and telecommunication industries, providers of intelligent transport systems, infrastructure operators, public authorities, and the Commission. Read more