• The Budapest ITS Congress - Road safety spanning the 25 countries of Europe
    News article26 May 2004

    Mr Colasanti (Director General of the Information Society DG) represented the European Commission at the Intelligent Transport Systems Congress in Budapest 24-26 May. Taking part in the opening plenary session, he underlined the implications for road safety of the newly enlarged Union. He stressed the needs for restructuring and for investment in infrastructure, whilst shorter-term contributions to road safety continue to be made through Europe's vehicle fleets. Thanks to the strong commitment and support of industry a great deal has already been achieved at European level. The New Member States bring new competition and a renewed dynamism to our internal markets - yet the challenge for Europe in pursuing eSafety is to proceed together, without forgetting that such markets are truly global.

  • Study on conditions and options in introducing secondary trading of radio spectrum in the European Community
    News article26 May 2004

    This study analyses and identifies the options available for a liberalisation of spectrum use and the implementation of spectrum trading. It considers whether there are benefits from co-ordination of approaches across the EU and what issues to address in this respect. The final report by the consortium (Analysys Consulting, DotEcon, Hogan & Hartson) tasked by the Commission with this investigation is now available. The Commission will hold a public workshop in Brussels on 15 July 2004 to present and discuss the study.

  • Commission proposes stronger partnership for the outermost regions
    Press release26 May 2004

    In a Communication unveiled on 26 May 2004, the European Commission is proposing a stronger partnership with the outermost regions of the Union. The new strategy focuses on three main strands - competitiveness, accessibility and regional integration – and forms part of the reform of the EU’s cohesion policy for 2007-13. The Communication also makes recommendations for implementing other Community policies in these regions.

  • AIM Knowledge & Networking Forum
    Event25 May 2004 to 26 May 2004

    Event organised by the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility. AIM is a global trade association comprising providers of components, networks, systems, and services that manage the collection and integration of data with information management systems.The 2004 AIM Forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) industry, mainly Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and network with peers from all over Europe. The Forum includes a business visit to the Efficient Consumer Response Market Place where attendees will have the opportunity to meet end-users (retailers and manufacturers of consumer goods) and experience the Tracking and Tracing Theatre, and see how EAN.UCC standards, supported by automated identification equipment and logistical hardware and software, work in a practical situation

  • Computer crime and security - finding criminal and civil redress for businesses
    Event24 May 2004

    With so much activity taking place within the E-commerce environment the issue of electronic crime has now taken on an increased significance. The event will cover the following topics : Understanding the business concerns with computer crime ; Investigating the truth for serious computer fraud. ; Collecting evidence from intermediaries – the technical and legal implications ; E-crime and the Small Business with limited resources ; Investigation of crimes committed using email ; Reference points for Corporate Security ; The Government promoting trust and security.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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