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30/06/2004
The European Commission together with the Irish Presidency organised a two-day Conference on the European Charter for Small Enterprises in Dublin. Some 34 countries which subscribe to the Charter gathered together to exchange good practice in improving the environment for small businesses. The conference attracted some 250 participants, representing national, regional and local governments, business organisations and business support providers from EU Member States, candidate countries and the countries of the Western Balkans. The conference focused on the three Charter areas selected as priorities last year: (1) access to finance, in particular venture capital and micro loans, (2) innovation and technology transfer, and (3) consultation of small businesses. Read more
30/06/2004
Accessing everything you need at head office from a computer in the field is fast becoming vital to the efficiency of both private enterprise and public services. A policy blueprint to ensure that data can be accessed anytime, anywhere across the EU, and that the EU retains its lead in this area, is set out in "Mobile broadband services", a Commission Communication issued on 30 June. The challenges ahead include ensuring that services can be supplied seamlessly to a variety of devices, making the technologies and networks that carry them interoperable, and providing adequate intellectual property protection for services with high value-added content. These challenges call for targeted R&D, both on basic research and to accelerate technical innovation. Read more
29/06/2004
The European Commission and the United States Government announced at the EU-US Summit on 26 June that their services have developed a Roadmap for EU-US Regulatory Cooperation and Transparency, outlining a broad range of activities intended to reduce costs, expand market opportunities and help minimize EU-US regulatory differences. The Roadmap reflects the importance of EU-U.S. regulatory cooperation for removing undue barriers to transatlantic trade and investment. It also represents a move towards a more systematic implementation of the EU-U.S. "Guidelines on Regulatory Cooperation and Transparency", an important mechanism for promoting a positive EU-US economic agenda. Intensified EU-US regulatory cooperation will facilitate trade in goods and will enable regulators to better discharge their public responsibility for health, safety, the environment and consumer protection. Read more
29/06/2004
To become the world's most competitive powerhouse, Europe must lead the transition of the micro-electronics sector to the next generation of nano-electronics, with co-ordinated public and private investments of at least €6 billion per year. This is the message from a report drawn up by CEOs of leading companies and research organisations and presented on 29 June to European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen. Smarter and smaller electronics at the nano-meter scale managing vast amounts of data are becoming key components for many applications, from household appliances and consumer goods to automotive transport, health care and security, and ultimately ambient intelligence. The "Vision 2020: Nano-electronics at the centre of change" will lead to the launch of the European Nano-electronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) to be chaired by STMicroelectronics' President and CEO Pasquale Pistorio. This European public-private partnership will identify a strategic research agenda for nano-electronics in Europe and implement it. Read more
29/06/2004
How to bridge the digital divide in terms of broadband territorial coverage in rural areas across the European Union? The eEurope Advisory Group’s Expert Chamber has analysed the subject based on four key issues: 1. What are the broadband services which will be essential to ensure that Europe meets the Lisbon 2010 objectives? What is therefore the definition of broadband? Is it appropriate to establish targets to ensure minimal coverage of services? 2. What are the current technologies available for completing broadbandcoverage; what are their benefits and handicaps for different geographical scenarios? 3. Which other elements are making investment or service development in certain areas unattractive? 4. What is the role of the public and private sectors; what are the group’s recommendations to public authorities? Read more
29/06/2004
A study on the market prospects, business needs and technological trends (June 2004) Read more
28/06/2004
The RSPG has decided to reopen the public consultation on this issue. It welcomes all interested parties to express their views, whether they are individuals, representatives of particular companies, associations or public entities which could be affected by the results of negotiations at WRC-07. Those interested parties having provided input before may wish to send in their updated positions. RSPG Consultation in the context of the development of an RSPG Opinion on priorities and objectives for the Community in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2007. Read more
28/06/2004
On 24 June, the European Commission invited leading associations of Internet Service providers and industry players to an exploratory meeting in Luxembourg to discuss the scope for a European Code of Conduct for Internet service providers, particularly in the field of protection of minors. Read more
28/06/2004
Two surveys published on Monday 28 June provide for the first time both quantitative and qualitative data on consumers’ satisfaction with services of general interest (such as telecommunications, energy, post, water, transport) in the enlarged European Union. The results depict a very varied picture of attitudes according to the services and countries concerned. The qualitative study conducted in the 25 Member States shows that access and quality are in general satisfactory. Consumers are less satisfied with prices for fixed telephone services, postal services (except ordinary mail) and inter-city rail services. Competition is seen as a tool for cheaper prices and better quality services. With the exception of water supply and urban transport, consumers want genuine and open competition which provides lasting benefits. In general, consumers expect public authorities to guarantee some aspects of service and to play a supervisory role. The Eurobarometer opinion survey of consumers in the EU’s 10 new Member States shows a great similarity of attitudes with the EU-15 except for fixed and mobile telephone services which get a better score in the EU-15. Both studies are included in the Commission’s report on the performance of network industries providing services of general interest, also published on Monday 28 June. Read more

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