• New ENISA website launched
    News article17 March 2004

    The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has just launched its new website. The prime role of the ENISA will be to support the internal market by facilitating and promoting increased co-operation and information exchange on issues of network and information security. The Agency will contribute to the development of a culture of network and information security for the benefit of the citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector organisations of the European Union. ENISA will ultimately serve as a centre of expertise for both Member States and EU Institutions seeking advice on matters related to network and information security.

  • Investment in research: Europe is making progress, but too slowly
    Press release17 March 2004

    Commissioner Philippe Busquin today reported the progress made in implementing the action plan of 30 April 2003 to step up public and private spending on research in Europe. The aim is to increase investment in research from its current level of almost 2% of Europe's gross domestic product to 3% by 2010, in line with the commitment made by the Barcelona European Council in March 2002. The initial results are positive, but still insufficient, given the performance in the Member States' research budgets in 2003 and 2004.

  • Open Workshop on IP voice and associated convergent services
    News article16 March 2004

    On the 15th of March, the European Commission organised a public workshop in Brussels on the use of Internet to carry voice and associated convergent services. In presenting a study they carried out for the Commission, Analysys identified and explained a number of important issues associated with the transition from the existing 'classic' PSTN system to use of IP networks for public voice and associated services. These issues covered regulation, technology, economics, and the structure of the telecoms market. The workshop generated a lot of public interest and discussion. Written comments related to the Analysys paper and on Voice over IP in general can be sent to the Commission before the end of April. By mid-summer, the Commission expects to publish some guidelines drawing on the feedback received, and explaining how the new regulatory framework should be applied in this area. Further details and a copy of the Analysis study are available on the website.

  • First visit to Brussels of the Commissioners-designate from the 10 new Member States
    News article16 March 2004

    President Prodi welcomed the 10 nominees to Brussels for an informal meeting on 16 March. The Commissioners from the new Member States will be full members of the College and will play a full and active role in the decision-making process. While they will not have specific portfolios, they will each be associated with the work of an existing Commissioner in order to ease their integration into the Commission's work. Ján Figel (Slovakia) will be twinned with Erkki Liikanen (Enterprise and the Information Society) The European Parliament will hold hearings with the ‘Commissioners-designate’ on 13-15 April 2004. The new Members of the Commission will be officially appointed by the Council, in accordance with the Act of Accession. This specifies that the Council must act by qualified majority and by common accord with the President of the Commission.

  • Open Workshop on IP voice and associated convergent services
    Event15 March 2004

    The European Commission will hold a workshop in Brussels on an independent study carried out for the Commission by Analysys. Analysys will present the findings of their study on Internet protocol (IP) voice and associated convergent services. The workshop is open for everybody but requires prior registration.

  • European industry leaders and EU policymakers call for budget boost for Security Research
    Press release15 March 2004

    A high-level group of 27 top European industry executives and policymakers formally presented their report on 15 March to Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission. The report entitled, "Research for a Secure Europe", describes the need for increased European funding and co-ordination in security research. It also outlines 12 recommendations for the future, including an urgent call for a minimum of € 1 billion to be spent annually to develop technology in this area. The group, chaired by European Commissioners Philippe Busquin (Research) and Erkki Liikanen (Enterprise and Information Society), was convened last October in order to present their vision for a future European Security Research Programme from 2007.

  • e-confidence policy crucial as many consumers are apprehensive about on-line shopping
    Press release15 March 2004

    E-commerce is still not widely used in the European Union, with a meagre 16% of EU citizens making use of the opportunities it offers. At the same time, consumers continue to be apprehensive about using the electronic marketplace. One in four consumers (25%) who do not use e-commerce do not trust the medium itself. These are the main findings of a Eurobarometer poll which the Commission published on European Consumer Day. The Irish Council Presidency marks this year's Consumer Day by focusing public attention on the evolving European Online Marketplace.

  • New eTEN call open
    News article15 March 2004

    A new Call for Proposals under the eTEN Programme (Trans-European Telecommunications Networks) of the European Commission has been launched. eTEN is designed to help the deployment of public electronic services (e-services) with a trans-European dimension. The main focus of eTEN in 2004 will be the practical realisation of on-line services in the areas of eGovernment, eHealth, eInclusion, eLearning, Trust and Security services and services for SME's. The proposed indicative Community budget allocation will be 42 million euro. The call will close on 9 June at 16.00 (Brussels local time).

  • European Commission proposes stepping up EU action to combat child porn, racism and spam on the internet
    Press release12 March 2004

    Safer Internet plus, a new €50 million, 4-year programme to make the internet safer for children, was proposed by the European Commission today. This programme, running from 2005 to 2008, would build upon EU work under way since 1996 to combat illegal and harmful internet content. Encompassing new media, such as videos, and new issues such as "spam", it would bring in accession countries, and focus more closely on end users: parents, educators and children. It aims to mobilise talent in the public, private and voluntary sectors to prepare hard-hitting safety campaigns. Its four action lines are: fighting illegal content; tackling unwanted and harmful content (including spam); promoting a safer environment, and awareness-raising.