Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


From 09/12/2003 to 16/09/2003
At the International Broadcasting convention IBC2003 in Amsterdam, 12-16 September, the European Commission is presenting an IST Village in Hall 3 of the exhibition. This highlights a number of important results and developments from IST projects in technologies supporting the interoperability of different platforms: -User friendly digital right management (DRM) systems, including peer-to-peer environments: BUSMAN, MOSES, MUFFINS, SHARE-IT -New ways of interaction with and search for audio-visual content: CIMWOS, CULTOS, ICE-CREAM, SPATION, WEDELMUSIC -Interoperability of audio-visual streams across different platforms in the home and in the studio: ASSET, EDICT, FUTUREHOME The display includes working demonstrators of interoperability, which have been based on Open Standards Read more
IPv6, the new version of the Internet Protocol, is ready for implementation. After almost 20 years of service the current version of the Internet Protocol IPv4 is gradually being phased out and the new version - the IPv6 - will increasingly take over. On that occasion, Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission organises The Global IPv6 Service Launch Event in Brussels on January 15-16, 2004. The event will showcase the new protocol as well as a number of research projects that have shown the actual deployment of the IPv6 and developed a number of complementary applications. Among other things the new Internet speed record set by the GÉANT network in October 2003 was achieved using the IPv6 protocol. The goal of the event is to highlight the importance and impact of IPv6 to spur the deployment of the new protocol in all sectors. One of the main problems of IPv4 is concerned with its limited address space. IPv4 only supports 4 billion IP addresses and as a result the world is slowly running out of the addresses needed for every computer to access the global network. IPv6 will not only square the number of available IPv4 addresses two times over. It will also provide encryption functionality by default and make life easier for the users by automatic network configuration of new devices. Another huge benefit of IPv6 is to restore pure end-to-end connectivity of devices on the Internet. Read more
Effective regulation is not only built on the right rules but also on regulators that are empowered to do their jobs effectively. That was the key message in European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society Erkki Liikanens speech at the Teleconnector 2004 Conference in Helsinki 24 November. Mr. Liikanen reiterated that the new regulatory framework is designed to cut down on the unnecessary red tape and regulate only competition is insufficient. This is why the framework gives National Regulatory Authorities a number of tools to ensure competition. It is vital for the success of the new framework that national transposition of the framework gives the regulators the powers and level of discretion built into the community legislation. Mr Liikanen again expressed his concern that at least half of the member states are running behind in transposition. Without proper application and implementation the whole approach in our framework could be undermined and even discredited. Therefore we intend to take the application of the new rules quite seriously and will not hesitate to take vigorous enforcement action when needed, Mr. Liikanen said. Read more
The first phase of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS- Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 December 2003) brings together all actors in the area including high-level officials, non-governmental organisations, civil society, industry leaders and media representatives. The summit should adopt a Declaration of Principles and a Plan of Action.. A large number of Heads of States and Governments has already announced their participation in the event. Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner of Enterprise and the Information Society has also confirmed his participation. The WSIS is organised by the International Telecommunication Union under the high patronage of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General. The second phase will take place in Tunis (Tunisia) from 16 to 18 November 2005 Read more
The development of radio spectrum policy in the Community includes co-ordinating and supporting the radio spectrum needs of EU policies and initiatives in such sectors as communications, transport, R&D, environment and broadcasting. EU radio spectrum policy is conducted in dialogue with Member States, European Parliament and spectrum users constituencies, so as to drive forward a co-ordinated modernisation of radio spectrum regulation in the Community and to contribute to horizontal policy objectives such as the internal market and competition policy. In order to ensure full transparency, a dedicated web site for the Radio Spectrum Policy has been created. All relevant information on the activities of the European Union in this respect is now available at: Read more
Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, will be the keynote speaker at the 1st annual GSM Europe Seminar. The seminar entitled 'Mobile in Europe - A turning point?' provides a forum for the discussion of the future of mobile communication in Europe. The one-day program will be focused partly on stakeholder issues and partly on consumer protection in relations to payments, privacy and Spam Read more
On November 7th, 2003, a robotic tele-echography live demonstration was performed between two western European cities (Tours in France and Barcelona in Spain) and Nicosia in Cyprus, using Eutelsat satellite links. This live world premiere demonstration has been performed, in the frame of the OTELO project, funded by the Information Society Technologies research programme. 9 partners originating from 5 countries participate in the project (France, Italy, Spain, UK and Greece) Read more
European Commissioner for Entreprise and the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, will attend parts of the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg from November 17-20. On Wednesday 19/11, the European Parliament will vote on the proposal to establish the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The Agency is set to play a key role in promoting closer European co-ordination on information security. It shall assist the European Commission and the Member States to help them meet the requirements of network and information security. It will thereby ensure the smooth functioning of the Internal Market. If the Parliament approves the Regulation, it will move for a final discussion in the Council on Thursday November 20. Also on the agenda for the plenary sessions of the European Parliament is the 8th Commission Report on Implementation of the Regulatory Package on Telecommunications as well as the Decision for Interoperable pan-European e-Government Services. Read more
Netd@ys Europe is an initiative of the European Commission to promote the use of new media (multimedia, especially the Internet, videoconference or new audio-visual facilities) in the areas of education and culture and to provide the participants with the opportunity to develop the skills to acquire and to exchange information on a range of themes. The initiative culminates in a showcase week, to be held this year from 17 to 23 November 2003, with online and offline events all around Europe and beyond. More than 30 countries participate, including all EU accession countries. This year's theme is "Dialogue between Cultures". Read more
Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, will participate in the High-Level Opening Plenary Session of the 10th ITS World Congress in Madrid. He will present his plans to enforce the eSafety initiative in the years to come. These new initiatives shall help Europe move towards the zero vision - no fatalities or disabling injuries on European roads in 2020. In conjunction with the ITS Congress in Madrid Commissioner E. Liikanen will participate in a press conference on eSafety progress together with Louis Schweitzer, President of ACEA (European Car Manufacturers Association) and Max Mosley, Chairman of ERTICO. This will take place November 17 at 12.00 noon. eSafety was established in 2002 as a joint initiative of the European Commission (Directorate General Information Society and Directorate Generale Enterprise), industry and other stakeholders. It aims to accelerate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to increase road safety in Europe. The European commission will also take active part in the rest of the ITS World Congress and Exhibition. The EU stand in the exhibition hall will present 26 projects supported under the European Research Programmes. During the 4-day congress the European Commission will also take part in numerous sessions. Read more