• Job opportunities at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
      News article24 August 2005

      The European Commission is setting up the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. This Agency will be responsible for the management of certain parts of the EU’s programmes in the education, culture and audiovisual fields. In order to become operational by 1 January 2006 , the Executive Agency will employ staff composed of Seconded Commission Officials, Contract Agents and Temporary Agents. The vacancy notices for Temporary Agents posts for the Agency have now been published. Deadline for application is 6 October 2005.

    • Competition: Commission consults on BUMA and SABAM’s commitments for the licensing of online music
      Press release17 August 2005

      The European Commission has opened a public consultation on commitments submitted by BUMA and SABAM, the Dutch and Belgian collecting societies that manage music copyrights for authors. These companies have proposed commitments that aim to end the restrictions, as far as these two collecting societies are concerned, in the cross-licensing arrangements for online music that they have between themselves and with other societies . The Commission issued a Statement of Objections in 29 April 2004 raising concerns that these restrictions unjustifiably transposed into the Internet world the national monopolies that the societies have traditionally held in the offline world. The Commission sees modernising the licensing of music for online services as highly important and it will now consult third parties on the proposed commitments.

    • Take-back systems for e-waste to be in place under EU Directive
      Press release11 August 2005

      From Saturday 13 August, all EU citizens should be able to bring their electrical and electronic waste free of charge to shops on a 1:1 basis when they purchase a new product. In addition there should be central collection points for e-waste in all EU Member States. These new facilities for consumers are a result of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Its goal is to ensure that e-waste, which often contains hazardous substances, is not simply thrown away, but is collected, recycled and reused, with the remaining waste being properly treated. E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream and poses particular problems in the municipal waste stream. Hazardous substances may be released through incineration and landfilling. The Directive also requires that from Saturday on, all e-products put on the market are marked with a crossed-out bin so that consumers know that they should not simply throw them away. It also obliges Member States to make sure that producers have set up financing systems to pay for the collection, treatment, recovery and elimination of electro-scrap.

    • New URL for eCommunications, Networks and Services web site
      News article4 August 2005

      The eCommunications, Networks and services web site is now fully integrated into the Information Society portal. The URL has changed, so please update your bookmarks. Enjoy your visit.

    • ".eu" Top Level Domain: public consultation on the practical implementation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution system launched.
      News article3 August 2005

      A public consultation on the practical implementation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system for the .eu Top Level Domain (TLD) is now open until 7thSeptember. All interested parties are invited to participate. This is one of the last procedural steps before the sunrise period starts. On June 16, another important milestone towards implementation of ".eu" was reached with the opening of the Registrars accreditation process by the Registry Eurid (see news). The European Commission remains hopeful that the new .eu Top Level Domain can “open for business” in the fourth quarter of 2005.

    • Commission to invest € 1 billion into Research on Information and Communication Technologies
      Press release3 August 2005

      The Commission is about to launch 276 new research projects in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with €1 billion in EU funding. This is the result of the fourth Information Society Technology Call for Proposals under the EU’s Sixth Research Framework Programme. This EU contribution is one of the largest totals awarded as the result of a single Call for Proposals in the history of EU research.

    • Fight against terrorism : €15 million for new security research
      Press release2 August 2005

      Terrorist attacks using explosives or chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear substances on mainline or metropolitan railway systems pose a clear and present danger to EU citizens. This is why the European Commission has decided to fund a research project to design and demonstrate an anti-terrorist security system architecture to better detect these terrorist threats and hence better protect railway passengers. The project will combine information from combine information from sensors, remote control or autonomous cameras, ground penetrating radars and line scanners. This is one of 13 projects selected under the ‘Preparatory Action for Security Research’ to improve the security of EU citizens and strengthen the European industrial base. The eight technology projects and five supporting activities selected will receive EU funding of €15 million. Given the increasing importance of security research, the Commission proposed to substantially increase the yearly budget from €15 million to roughly €250 million a year from 2007.

    • Video: A Third Eye for Rescuers
      Video29 July 2005

      Fire brigades will soon have access to a safety system which is able to accurately detect and locate people that may be trapped in debris after, for example, an earthquake.

    • Commission authorises for one year “broadband” regulation in France as step towards more competition
      Press release27 July 2005

      France Télécom will be required to provide, for a transitional period, market players with wholesale nationwide high-speed access to France’s telecoms network. This regulatory measure, proposed by the French national regulatory authority for electronic communications, ARCEP, was authorised on 27 July by the European Commission. The measure will apply until competing network operators have built a sufficiently wide backbone network and a large enough customer base to enable them to invest further in regional high-speed (“broadband”) services, such as access to the web and services connecting subscribers’ premises to the network (“local loops”). The Commission asked ARCEP to review this market again within a year to fully take account of new market developments which could enhance competition in the wholesale nationwide broadband market in France.

    • Commission sets out 8 key EU measures to create more growth and jobs
      Press release20 July 2005

      The European Commission has tabled a comprehensive plan of EU measures to boost growth and create more and better jobs by promoting knowledge and innovation and making Europe an attractive place to invest and work. In today’s “Community Lisbon Programme” the Commission announced that it will push to further open markets, cut red tape and invest in modern infrastructure so that our enterprises can grow, innovate and create new jobs. The Commission will take the necessary steps to support the development of a skilled and entrepreneurial workforce so that all Europeans can enjoy the benefits of a society with high employment, a high level of social protection and a healthy environment. The Commission will also step up the efforts to support education and lifelong learning to help more people achieve their full personal and professional potential and encourage entrepreneurship. The policies presented in today’s Community Lisbon Programme cover areas where purely national action is insufficient. This programme complements the efforts of Member States in the framework of the new “Partnership for Growth and Jobs”, who will present their national reform programmes in October 2005. It is only by the combined forces of the Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States that Europe can reach the ambitious goals set in the renewed Lisbon agenda. For more information