Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


The subject of the Contract is to provide the Commission with a study emphasizing the productivity and economic impact of eHealth services. This involves the following issues: 1) To contribute to the actions of the eHealth Communication action plan that deal with collection and dissemination of best practices. The specific objectives under this point are to identify best practices in the eHealth area in the Member states, in particular those that contribute to improved efficiency and cost benefits and to identify best practices related to conformance testing and accreditation or certification of eHealth products and services. 2) To describe the state of the art in assessment of eHealth systems and services by examining existing methodologies and approaches; 3) To propose a common approach assessment and evaluation, including specific quantitative indicators, for categories of eHealth products and services, focusing on efficiency and economic benefits; 4) Apply the chosen methods to a limited number of sites – hospitals or regional networks - (approximately 10 sites) and present the findings. Read more
The European Commission will officially launch the program LIAISON, a 20 million euros Integrated Project aiming at developing Location Based Services (LBS) for the enhancement of Working Environment. This 42 months Research & Development program is funded in the frame of the IST 6th framework program 2nd call. LIAISON, led by Alcatel Space, is an answer to the need of professional market for location and mobility services (security, safety, efficiency). It will enhance the LBS technologies and applications already existing for the mass market, in order to meet the professional requirements. LIAISON federates a European pole of excellence, composed of 34 partners including major telecommunication operators, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), content provider, services provider and End Users. This consortium is committed to build commercial solutions targeting the workers, and re-usable for the mass market. Read more
The 2004 Collaboration@Work Report is a publication illustrating developments towards new information and communication technology supported working environments and processes. Once more, as in the previous Reports "New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce" and "Collaboration@Work", this year’s report gives a view of collaboration in the working environment in Europe and in the world. Read more
Directorate General Information Society, Unit B-4 (Radio Spectrum Policy), has subcontracted a study to the Joint Research Center (JRC), in particular the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), on “Future Mobile Communications Markets and Services” (description of study tasks). The IPTS issued a call for interest for this study which closed on 4 June 2004. Read more
Today, Mr. Fabio Colasanti, Director-General at the European Commission’s Information-Society Directorate-General, signed together with the representatives of two other major stakeholders, ACEA and ERTICO, a Memorandum of Understanding that aims at realising an interoperable, pan-European in-vehicle emergency call, eCall. The MoU, which is soon expected to be signed by other industrial and public sector stakeholders, provides for a solid basis for the partners to actively contribute to the development and implementation of the eCall in potentially all new vehicles sold in Europe. Read more
The European Commission has decided to open an in-depth investigation into the proposed joint acquisition by Microsoft and Time Warner of a US company called ContentGuard. After a preliminary review, it appears to the Commission that the transaction might possibly create or strengthen a dominant position by Microsoft in the market for Digital Right Management (DRM) solutions. In the course of the investigation, the Commission will also investigate further competition concerns related to the vertical integration of Microsoft in other markets. Read more
The European Commission has launched an open consultation on the future of European research policy. The consultation follows the publication of "Science and technology, the key to Europe’s future – Guidelines for future European Union policy to support research", in which the Commission proposes a major expansion of the future EU research budget and to focus support on six major objectives. The results of the consultation will be used by the Commission in preparing the proposal for the 7th Framework Programme. All interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to provide their views and comments on the Commission’s proposals through an online questionnaire. The questionnaire can be completed quickly and also be used to provide more detailed comments. The deadline for responses is 15 October 2004. The Commission would welcome views from the research community and users of research in all EU countries as well as third countries. The consultation is addressed in particular to public research institutes, universities, large companies, SMEs, research organisations, international organisations and associations, and all those involved in research policies. The deadline for responses is 15 October 2004 Read more
This conference covers research and development in information society technologies (IST). It is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union and will take place in The Hague (Netherlands) from 15-17 November. Further details on the conference programme and a parallel session on "IST Work Programme 2005-06 and Proposal Submission" have just been published on the conference website. Read more
By 13 August 2004 all EU Member States should have transposed into their national legislation two EU Directives that tackle environmental problems caused by the growing amount of electric and electronic waste. The two Directives seek to ensure that old electric and electronic products are not simply thrown away, but are recycled and reused. Currently, most devices end up in municipal waste and are then landfilled or incinerated. Due to their hazardous contents, their landfilling and incineration sets free pollutants that contaminate air, water and soil and can have adverse health effects. The transposition is an important first step in reducing the environmental impacts of products such as TVs and washing machines, mobile phones and air conditioning units. However, so far only Greece has passed national legislation giving effect to the two Directives. Read more
This edition of Statistics in Focus looks at the results of the 2003 surveys on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage in households and enterprises in EU15. It compares those regions classified as Objective 1 regions between 2000 and 2006 (including some "phasing-out" regions) and those that are not. Objective 1 of the Structural Funds is the main priority of the European Union’s cohesion policy; the regions are generally those areas where the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) is below 75% of the Community average. Read more