Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


On Thursday 12 August, José Manuel Barroso, President-designate of the European Commission, announced the policy portfolios he has allocated to each member of his team. The decisions follow detailed consultations with each nominee Commissioner and aim to build a strong team-spirit. The new Commission is solid and politically experienced. It brings together people from across the political spectrum and contains more women than ever before. All Commissioners will have strictly equal powers as Members of the College. Mr Barroso has introduced certain organisational adjustments with the express purpose of achieving key political priorities. Read more
Scientists will use nanotechnology for tissue engineering to create a three-dimensional human cornea in vitro. They aim to replace the outside layer of the cornea to help restore sight, develop a hemi-cornea to replace the outer half of the cornea and reconstruct the whole cornea. A consortium of 14 research teams from 9 countries, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom, is conducting the “Cornea Engineering” EU funded research project. This cutting-edge research will help more people to see and reduce animal testing Read more
The IST conference is the annual "networking" event and showcase covering 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. Attendance is "a must" for researchers and industrialists planning to propose projects for the IST priority within the EU’s sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Networking sessions complement the conference and exhibition and contribute to one of the prime objectives of the European Commission's research policy : to encourage forward thinking collaborative initiatives that support the development of the European Research Area. A call for ideas for Networking sessions has just been opened. The call will be open until shortly before the event. Read more
Brussels, Belgium
The project is based on the idea that the Romà culture contains different features related to the professional skills and abilities that are nowadays demanded by the information societies’ economies. For instance, there is an increasing demand of highly specialised professionals who are able to adapt to the constantly changing context and to offer quick responses. The Romà have traditionally developed the ability to be flexible, to adapt to different contexts, and are used to taking rapid decisions at the workplace. This opens up new employment opportunities for the Romà that need to be further explored. The final project conference will focus on the following issues: *The reasons why Romà are excluded from work and ways of overcoming the problem. *The skills that Romà have developed as a social group and how these skills can contribute to the enrichment of the labour market and the strengthening of social cohesion. *The connection of research findings with related European policies. *The urgent need for action leading to the eradication of discriminatory practices. *The need to launch initiatives that recognize the skills and abilities acquired by the Romà in order to guarantee equal opportunities for all. *The need for Romaní participation in European political decisions. The conference will be held in Brussels on Wednesday, 29th September 2004. Its location will be confirmed in early September. Read more
Scattered in national archives, much of Europe’s precious cultural heritage lies forgotten or inaccessible. But a new virtual library and research centre – on censored early 20th-century films – today allows everyone to explore historic film documentation Read more
A strategic research agenda to help reconcile tensions between transport policy, environmental protection, and the needs of industry and citizens, has been published by the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), a public/private stakeholder group. ERTRAC’s "Vision 2020 and Challenges" paper focuses on four areas: Mobility of people, transport and goods; Safety and security; Environment, energy and resources, and Design and production systems. The multi-stakeholder consensus that it embodies is seen as the most important milestone since ERTRAC was founded by representatives of industry, road infrastructure, local and national government, research institutes, academia and the European Commission early in 2003. Input to the strategic research agenda includes work under the Commission’s eSafety programme to accelerate the development, deployment and use of automotive safety systems. This agenda is intended to help align private and public, national and EU research activities to make them more efficient and effective. Details of future research activities, priorities and road maps will be published in future ERTRAC publications. Read more
From 15/09/2004 to 17/09/2004
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
In cooperation with the Dutch Presidency, the Directors General of Public Administrations in the EU and the Innovative Public Service Group bring together the most successful best practices in public service from all EU member states. Target audiences are policymakers and practitioners. Read more