Framework service contract to monitor and analyse ICT uptake and e-business practices and their impact on the competitiveness of European companies in selected sectors and specific size classes. The action will focus on issues of special interest for e-business, building on existing data sources or 'ad hoc' surveys, possibly developing also international comparisons, resulting in identifying policy challenges and recommendations, as well as relevant dissemination activities. The results will be presented in respective sectoral or thematic reports, to be publicly available and disseminated to Member States, industry and sectoral associations.