Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


The European Commission has launched a public consultation of stakeholders on how to enhance the Transatlantic Economic Partnership. This is the first step towards implementing the "EU-US Declaration on Strengthening our Economic Partnership" adopted at the EU-US Summit on 26 June 2004 in Ireland by Presidents Prodi and Bush and Taoiseach Ahern. Read more
The first eleven 'Factsheets' on the Information Society have been launched, covering both policies (the EU's electronic communications regulatory framework, the '.eu' domain, intellectual property and digital rights management, radio spectrum and mobile communications, privacy and spam), and many of the EC's Information Society Programmes (Information Society Technologies, eContent, eTEN, Safer Internet). More will be published over the following weeks. Read more
The Commission has just adopted a Communication on the role of standardisation to support European legislation and policies. Mutually agreed voluntary standards throughout the EU contribute to better governance, stimulate business competitiveness and remove barriers to trade. However, as economies evolve, the standardisation process must advance to meet a new generation of challenges. The Communication reviews the objectives, scope and needs of European standardisation for better efficiency. The text of the Communication follows a broad consultation of all stakeholders, varying between national authorities, European and national standards organisations, enterprises and NGOs. Read more
Grimbergen, Belgium
BELTUG and Agoria ICT organise this symposium to answer people’s concerns about wireless communication hazards in the daily working environment. Its target group are company medical officers, labour safety and telecoms agents, ICT managers, ICT service and equipment providers, and anyone involved in wireless communications related safety issues. Read more
Lot A of this Call for Tenders covers "Economics, benefits and financing of eGovernment". This tender aims to provide insight into the expenditures made for eGovernment in the EU and to support the process towards a measurement framework for eGovernment, in particular as regards take-up and impact of eGovernment, as well as provide insight into the underpinning economics of eGovernment. Lot B covers "Identification of remaining legal, regulatory and organisational barriers to eGovernment provision." This tender aims to support progress towards a better understanding of legal, regulatory and organisational barriers in eGovernment and possible ways to overcome those in Europe. Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 5 November 2004. Read more
From 03/11/2004 to 05/11/2004
Barcelona, Spain
This major information security event brings together IT professionals, developers, policy makers, industry leaders and academics to share information and exchange ideas on technology trends and best practices in identity theft, hacking, cyber-terrorism, biometrics, network forensics, perimeter defense, secure web services, encryption and related topics. The European Information Security Awards 2004, recognising and rewarding significant achievements in the field of Information Security across Europe, will be presented at the opening of the conference. Read more
From 09/12/2004 to 10/12/2004
The EC-Bridge conference on "Research Networks, Advanced Networks and Broadband Solutions", funded by the European Commission, is an international co-operation event addressing the European and Chinese visions on future eInfrastructures, Research Networks and Advanced Applications. The conference benefits from the active support of the European Commission and the Chinese Government. Participation is free. The conference programme provides a mix of plenary presentations and parallel sessions on the following themes: Network Infrastructures; Middleware; IPv6; Network Security; Broadband + Wireless Access; Grids and shared resources; Joint Collaborations; Participation in EC programmes. A recently conducted Trends Mapping Study will be presented. An exhibition area provides a platform for European and Chinese companies and organisations to showcase their research results and technological offerings. Read more
The European Commission authorised today under the EU state aid rules the so-called Tecno-Tremonti Law in favour of small and medium enterprises investing in projects in the field of information technology. The scheme will be in force until the end of the current year with an estimated budget of € 208 million. Read more
The European Commission has decided to formally ask France, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden for information on certain invitations to tender launched by authorities in those countries for the supply of computer equipment. The Commission wonders whether it is compatible with the public procurement Directives to require the procurement of Intel microprocessors or microprocessors using a specific clock rate. Read more
The contract between the European Commission and EURid was signed on 12 October, enabling EURid - a consortium of Belgian, Italian and Swedish organizations - to set the .eu mechanism in motion and permit the registration of .eu domain names as soon as possible. Read more