Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


Birmingham, United Kingdom
There is a growing need for academics and policy makers to examine and monitor the provision of finance for SMEs.In this context, this seminar will consider some empirical research that examines the capital structure debate for SMEs, innovations and share experiences of colleagues from developed and developing countries to gain appreciation of challenges SMEs encounter when raising finance; thereby generating ideas for further collaborative national and international workshop and research. Read more
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
This event explores aspects of the e-society by reviewing its impacts across societies in the UK and internationally. The event will enable to share ideas and trigger discussion, with a debate that is intended for a wider audience. Read more
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The organisers invite original conceptual and empirical contributions on all issues relating to e-Commerce. The event forms part of the EDECAD project, an EU Asia ITC funded programme to study knowledge issues in small firms with accompanying sub-themes - eBusiness, eLearning, Digital Divide, e-women and other impacts. Read more
Launch Event "Applications and Services for the Mobile user and Worker", Brussels, 8 June 2004 Read more
From 20/09/2004 to 23/09/2004
Brussels, Belgium
Twelfth meeting of the Global Grid Forum whose primary objective is to promote and support the development, deployment and implementation of Grid technologies and applications through the creation and documentation of "best practices". The GGF12 programme has two parts : a plenary programme with the theme of "Grids Deployed in the Enterprise" (20-21 September)aimed at senior management from enterprises who are exploring the viability of grid computing for their organisation and a forum for technical managers, product strategists, and academic researchers to engage in the technological issues of grid computing via working and research groups and through workshops and tutorials. Read more
The European Commission has launched on 7 June Eight "living laboratories", set up to assess how information and communication technologies can be used to redesign the way we work. This initiative, under the name of Ambient intelligence at work (AMI@work), is backed by businesses and ICT suppliers. It should encourage more innovation in the work place, according to the 300 delegates participating at its launch event in Brussels. The initiative is shaped around a family of brainstorming research communities. They are open to anyone, and are supported by the Community funding for information society technologies under the EU research budget. Read more
On the 26th and 27th of May, the eEurope Advisory Group met three times in various configurations in order to achieve two main objectives: to report on the work done within each Working Group of the Expert Section to the Member States Section; and to have a wide discussion with the Member States on the main issues raised in the update of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. These meetings gave Member States the opportunity to meet European Experts who reported the results of their study on territorial coverage of broadband and on e-inclusion. This work will contribute to the Digital Divide Forum and a draft report will be submitted to a public on-line consultation in the summertime. Member States expressed great interest in this meeting. For the Experts, the session was also devoted to adopting a new mandate on recommendations for the Future (beyond 2005). This new Working Group will aim to evaluate the EU policy relative to achieving the Lisbon Goals and to identify main issues as key drivers for EU initiatives. The Member States also met separately. The meeting was dedicated to an overall view and discussion of the main events and issues addressed by DG INFSO in the following of the update of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan (Broadband, Digital Divide Forum, DRM, On-line Public services, Benchmarking). Read more
The Commission proposed on 7 June new legislation on harmonised Traffic Information Services (“River Information Services” - RIS) on inland waterways in the European Union. RIS will contribute to the modernisation of the network and make inland waterway transport a competitive alternative and a valuable partner in the intermodal transport chain. Vice-President Loyola de Palacio expects that the proposal will be supported by the Member States. “River Information Services can really increase the safety, reliability and efficiency of inland waterway transport, and thus improve the competitiveness of this cheap, economical and environmentally friendly transport mode”, she said. Read more
The implementation of European Space Policy is moving forward this week as experts from Member States and international organisations meet to flesh out the main lines of a European Space Programme. Experts have met on 7 June to assess the EU’s space and security capabilities and future needs. Discussions on the security dimension of Space Policy address satellite border control, conflict prevention, humanitarian missions, and fighting organised crime and terrorism. On 4 June, Member State experts gathered with European Commission and ESA officials to discuss the various elements of a European Space Programme. These elements include space science and technology, Earth observation, space navigation, satellite communication, space exploration, micro-gravity, launchers and spectrum policy related to space. Last Friday’s meeting launched the implementation of the new Framework Agreement between the European Community and the European Space Agency. The Commission and ESA are due to propose, in early 2005, a comprehensive European Space Programme, which is meant to act as a coherent reference agenda for Europe’s efforts in the space sector. Read more
Background note on "Space and European Security" Read more