Call 2003/1 News Article
Published on 27/02/2004.
eEurope 2005: eTEN programme approves €37.5M to support eGovernment, eHealth, eInclusion, eLearning and Trust and security proposals
The European Union will provide €37.5 million funding to new public-private projects that offer public interest electronic services. These projects cover, for example, eGovernment services, such as e-procurement and the provision of on-line services for citizens or eHealth services that make use of electronic health records and smart cards within healthcare systems. This support shows how financial resources are being mobilised in support of the Union’s eEurope Action Plan. The proposals show how public-private partnerships can help drive the roll-out of new services, exploiting the potential offered by rapid take up of high speed Internet access across the Union.
The proposals show the capacity of electronic solutions to drive far-reaching
changes in the way services which directly concern citizens are delivered. They
aim to contribute to better, more easily accessible services for citizens and
offer important improvements in productivity for public administrations.
Moreover all of the proposals involve partners from different Member States,
allowing experience and best practice to be shared across the Union.
The eTEN call
The eTEN programme runs from 2003 to 2006, providing € 172,5 million over
four years . The proposals were selected following a call for proposals in May
2003. This resulted in proposals involving over 1000 participants from 27
countries. The call focused on proposals that would help make new, on-line
services available across the European Union. Proposals were invited in five
areas: eGovernment; eHealth; eInclusion; eLearning; and Trust and Security
The eTEN programme’s level of funding varies depending on the nature of the project. Up to 10% of the initial deployment costs involved in starting up a service can be covered. In the case of demonstrations of the technical and economic feasibility of a service up to half the costs concerned can be covered.
The selected proposals
Proposals were selected in all areas of the call. The selected eGovernment services address electronic procurement services and services to citizens e.g. in the area of e-democracy. The selected e-Health proposals include tele-medicine (transfer of data through telecommunication channels), electronic health records and the use of smart cards in health services. In the area of e-Inclusion, the selected proposals include services for elderly and disabled citizens, and measures to overcome problems created by geographic isolation. The eLearning proposals cover education services provided over the web, and Trust and security proposals include biometrics technology (like facial recognition) and measures to ensure the security of electronic transactions.
As contracts are signed, projects will be listed and described on http://ec.europa.eu/eten.