• Commission secures guarantees for protecting personal data of transatlantic air passengers
    Press release17 May 2004

    The European Commission has adopted a formal Decision that will bring on stream shortly new commitments by the US Government, guaranteeing protection in the US for the personal data of transatlantic air passengers. The Decision indicates that the Commission considers that the data on air passengers transferred to the US authorities enjoys the "adequate protection" required under the EU's data protection Directive for data sent to countries outside the EU. The commitments given by the US, negotiated over the past year by the Commission with the US Department of Homeland Security, means that less personal data from the Passenger Name Records (PNR) of airlines are collected by the US authorities, that these are kept for a much shorter period and that they are used for more limited purposes, notably for the shared objective of fighting against terrorism. The Decision will enter into force once the US has signed its undertakings and once the international agreement that will complement the adequacy Decision has been signed by the Council and the US.

  • MOSAIC Open workshop
    Event15 May 2004

    Key challenge for our future economy and society is to establish human-centric and highly flexible work environments where technology is in the background and people at the foreground. The MOSAIC Specific Support Action has started 1st March 2004 and aims to accelerate innovation in mobile worker support environments by shaping future RTD and innovation activities in this area in Europe. MOSAIC explores business and societal innovation and prepares Europe for deploying innovative mobile technology in a range of application domains to support mobile workers in distributed and location-sensitive settings. Focus is on mobile working in three key domains: (1) Healthcare and Wellbeing; (2) Life-Cycle Management sectors (building, construction, manufacturing) and (3) Rural and regional Work Environments. This workshop will bring together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to discuss the perspectives for innovation in mobile working

  • IST 2004 Event - Calls for Conference and Exhibition ideas- NEW DEADLINE : 4 JUNE 2004
    News article14 May 2004

    The deadline of the two calls for the IST 2004 conference and exhibition ideas has been extended from 17 May to 4 June 2004. IST 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. The title of IST 2004 is : "Participate in your future", with "People" and "Economy" as the main themes. IST 2004 will include a conference, networking facilities, an exhibition of research results and the IST Prize Village. For more details on these calls and full information about the event, consult the IST 2004 conference web site.

  • AMI atWork Communities workshop
    Event14 May 2004

    This workshop is organised by the New Work Environments unit of the European Commission's Information Society Directorate-General, in close collaboration with the MOSAIC Specific Support Action and the Central and Southeast European Innovation Area initiative (CEIA).The objective of this workshop is to prepare the launch event of the AMI@Work communities and the IST Strategic Objective 'Applications and Services for the Mobile User and Worker' projects on 7-9 June 2004 in Brussels.

  • Preparation of Competitiveness Council, Brussels, 17-18 May 2004
    Press release14 May 2004

    Background memo on the issues to be discussed, such as Competitiveness and Innovation and Better Regulation, a pro-active competition policy, a proposal for a Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions and the Future of EU research

  • The PRELUDE Challenge - Clustering Digital Innovation in EU Regions
    Event13 May 2004 to 14 May 2004

    This conference presents the PRELUDE project and its nine Digital Regions, a major European effort to boost regional applied research and innovation through public-private partnerships. It will also showcase the Irish experience, particularly Ireland’s effort to modernise its economy and the public sector through a visionary strategy making use of the opportunities offered by the Information Society.

  • Creating a dynamic e-business environment - Benchmarking the best eBusiness policy initiatives in Europe
    Event13 May 2004

    The workshop is addressed to policy makers and SME support organisations with practical experience in training and coaching SMEs in the e-business field. The goal is to discuss the policy challenges ahead and to better understand what the success factors to bring SMEs to e-business are, as well as how to efficiently accompany them in the adoption of e-business. The main objectives of the workshop are: -To discuss the articulation between e-business, innovation and entrepreneurship; -To identify good policy practices to accompany SMEs adopting e-business; -To present ways of measuring the impact of e-business policies.

  • Creating new knowledge in nanotechnology and turning it into better quality of life, competitiveness and jobs
    Press release12 May 2004

    The European Commission adopted on 12 May an EU strategy to help Europe to become world leader in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology the science of the infinitely small. Nanotech applications include atom-scale "nano-robots" that can be injected in the human body to cure diseases, electronic "nano-chips" that can store and process much more information than today's microchips, "nano-fibres" for better and always-clean clothes, and "nano-materials" for high-performance coatings, for instance in aircraft and spaceships. The Communication, "Towards a European strategy for nanotechnology", provides a series of recommendations and initiatives on how to strengthen European Research and Development (R&D) in the field. It proposes an integrated approach to strengthen Europe's R&D in nanosciences and help turn nanotechnologies into commercially viable products for the benefit of society. Key actions required to achieve these aims include boosting R&D investment and infrastructure, improving training for research personnel, enhancing technology transfer in Europe and its financing, taking into account the impact of nanotechnology on society and increasing international co-operation towards a responsible approach to nanotechnology R&D globally.

  • Connecting Europe at high speed: Commission takes stock of national broadband strategies
    Press release11 May 2004

    The number of people and businesses accessing the Internet at high speed has grown by more than 80% in the year to January 2004, says a new European Commission report. Broadband take-up is now faster in the EU than in the US with several Member States among the best performers around the globe. The EU15 Member States all have national broadband strategies in place and the new Member States will table theirs before the end of 2004. All Member States agree that progress should be market driven. Growth has been fastest in those countries where competition particularly from alternative networks has allowed a choice of providers and driven down prices. However, there remains a role for public authorities whenever markets do not deliver the necessary investment. National broadband strategies therefore aim at increasing coverage of under-served areas and steps to stimulate demand. The Report concludes that national approaches must be kept under review and updated during 2005, both to take account of new ways of delivering high speed access and to learn from good practice in other countries.

  • Cohesion Forum: Key event on cohesion policy reform in Brussels
    Event10 May 2004 to 11 May 2004

    On 10 and 11 May, the Third European Cohesion Forum will take place in Brussels. It will be opened by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi and the newly appointed Commissioner responsible for regional policy, Jacques Barrot. This event will bring together more than 1,200 key players from the European, national and regional level of 25 Member States to debate the future of cohesion policy after 2006. On 18 February this year, the European Commission adopted the Third Report on Economic and Social Cohesion setting out a new vision for cohesion policy for the enlarged European Union for the period 2007-2013. The proposals include new priorities, a reform of the implementing system and the budgetary resources needed for cohesion policy in an enlarged Union.