Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


The Hague, Netherlands
If Europe is to remain a competitive and dynamic knowledge society, it needs more highly educated people. In fact, more than our own higher education institutions can deliver. Therefore, keeping Europe attractive for international partners in science and applied sciences is a dear necessity. Some European countries are well aware of the global competition for talented people. However, Europe as a whole has just started to develop instruments for that competition. But how do these instruments perform? The conference offers an opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of these instruments, to propose new instruments and national policies, and to formulate recommendations for the existing EU instruments. Read more
Access to finance continues to be an obstacle for Europe’s innovative technology companies, despite the short-lived "dot-com" boom. European entrepreneurs still face fragmented and varying European financial markets, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage. This is especially true for the new Member States where the capital markets are immature. Therefore, most ambitious technology entrepreneurs must seek funding across Europe if they care to raise capital in sufficient amounts from resourceful investors. The required cross-border search clearly increases costs, legal and financial risks and the time-to-market. Read more
The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation aimed at identifying opportunities and challenges in electronic public procurement. This is part of the process of drawing up an Action Plan to help make sure Europe’s economy gets the maximum possible benefit from the implementation of the new provisions on electronic public procurement included in the legislative package of procurement Directives adopted in February 2004. The deadline for responses is 15 October. Public procurement is a key sector of the EU economy accounting for about 16% of GDP. Modernising and opening up procurement markets across borders – including through the expansion of electronic procurement - is crucial to Europe's competitiveness and for creating new opportunities for EU businesses. Read more
Centre Albert Borchette, rue de Froissart 36 - Room AB-0A
The aim of this workshop is to provide the European Commission with comprehensive information and an analysis on this subject, so as to provide input for possible Commission policy action in the future. Read more
Brussels, Belgium
The purpose of this workshop is to further the general understanding of the "interplay" between research activities and spectrum policy, and to identify the main links and possible overlaps between research and spectrum aspects. The workshop should also be useful to identify concrete actions and initiatives which could be considered at European level to contribute to a better synergy between researchers’ and regulators’ work. The event is jointly hosted by the unit INFSO-B4 (spectrum policy) and INFSO-D1 (communications and network technologies), reflecting the dual nature of the topic. This Commission workshop is open to all interested parties free of charge. However, registration is required due to security reasons and the capacity limitation of the conference room. Read more
The EU should launch a fully-fledged European Security Research Programme by 2007, with a sufficiently large budget. This is the core message of a Communication on "Security Research: The Next Steps", just adopted by the European Commission. The paper represents the Commission’s feedback to recommendations of a high-level group of 27 top European industry executives and policymakers, published last March. The report, "Research for a Secure Europe", stresses the need for increased co-ordination in this field and advocates an annual EU budget of € 1 billion for security research. Read more
A Euro 52 million package of twelve EU-funded research projects, that together aim to bring “Grid” networked computing out of research labs and into industry, has just been launched by the European Commission. By giving everyone access to the immense computing power and knowledge hitherto available only to the biggest corporations and laboratories, Grid tools will boost business competitiveness and help create new markets and services. Users of Grids are able to monitor and model everything from climate change to how cars behave in collisions. An improved understanding of such behaviours ultimately helps those responsible to take the necessary steps to improve people’s quality of life. Read more
Guidebooks’ days are numbered. Tourist offices should be concerned. Time Out and the like should worry too. People will no longer need them for directions or to arrange their evenings, whether at home or abroad. Thanks to Ambiesense’s new information technology system, both mobile phones and PDAs will allow you to see what is in town, from monuments and shops to leisure facilities, according to your taste, interests and budget. Read more
From 06/09/2004 to 08/09/2004
People are used to being able to contact anyone, anywhere, at anytime. However, the challenge of enabling mass-market-scale ubiquitous services and applications remains. To further address this challenge, the Integrated Project MobiLife, selected under Call 2 of the EU FP6 Information Society Technologies R&D Programme, will be launched in Helsinki/Finland. Its key objective is to bring advances in mobile applications and services based on the evolving capabilities of 3G systems and beyond. The user-centric R&D approach in MobiLife will combine applications and services frameworks with innovative applications and services, enabling technologies and service components, user and industry evaluation, and exploring and removing hurdles between service development and deployment. Read more
The European Commission has launched a new “Dialogue with Citizens” portal providing clear information on how citizens can use their rights in the EU Internal Market and navigable in all 20 official languages. Read more