• eEurope 2005: eTEN programme approves €37.5M to support eGovernment, eHealth, eInclusion, eLearning and Trust and security proposals
    News article1 March 2004

    The European Union will provide €37.5 million funding to new public-private projects that offer public interest electronic services. These projects cover, for example, eGovernment services, such as e-procurement and the provision of on-line services for citizens or eHealth services that make use of electronic health records and smart cards within healthcare systems. This support shows how financial resources are being mobilised in support of the Union’s eEurope Action Plan. The proposals show how public-private partnerships can help drive the roll-out of new services, exploiting the potential offered by rapid take up of high speed Internet access across the Union.

  • European Ministerial Conference On Information Society
    Event26 February 2004 to 27 February 2004

    This two-day pan-European Ministerial Conference is headlined "New Opportunities for Growth in an Enlarged Europe". Ministers from new and current member states, candidate countries and South Eastern European Countries will discuss and review the progress in the joint Information Society challenges for the whole of Europe. The expected 450 participants will also include high-level representatives of international institutions, the private sector, academics and civil society.

  • Information Society Policy in an Enlarged Europe
    Speech26 February 2004

    European Ministerial Conference on the Information Society, Budapest, 26th February 200

  • Barrier-free access to the Information Society
    Speech26 February 2004

    Conference on access to the Information Society for deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people

  • Access to the Information Society for deaf and hard of hearing people European conference
    Press release26 February 2004

    A stakeholder conference on the development of an EU-wide strategy to ensure that people with disabilities, particularly deaf and hard of hearing people, have improved access to electronic communications networks, services and terminals is taking place in Brussels today. The conference is organised by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) and is supported by the European Commission. To enable people with disabilities to make the most of new services and devices, such as third generation mobile telephony, digital TV, and on-line services, Europe needs a coherent overall policy, defined with the help of users. This should address regulation, research and standardisation. This conference will be a contribution to the follow-up to the Commission's action plan for people with disabilities (see IP/03/1482). Results from this conference will help to shape a European accessibility policy.

  • New batch of e-Learning projects presented
    News article26 February 2004

    8 new e-learning projects were presented at a workshop March 24-25 set up by the unit for Technology Enhanced Learning in Information Society Directorate General. The projects were selected for funding through of the first call for proposals under the Information Society Technologies of the 6th EU research programme, and together they gather 181 participants from 28 countries. Within the rapidly progressing field of e-learning the projects aim to advance technology standards, create new models for collaboration in blended learning and smooth the traditional borders between formal and informal learning contexts. The main focus of the workshop was to create a marketplace for dynamic co-operation between the projects and discuss how to maximise the impact of the projects.

  • Towards a global partnership in the information society: way forward for the EU
    Press release26 February 2004

    The European Commission's view of the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action agreed by UN Member States as a basis for a common approach to the Information Society are set out in a Commission Communication issued today. This Communication assesses the key results of the December 2003 Geneva World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). It states priorities and proposes ways to organise inputs for the second phase of the WSIS. That second stage will flesh out the Plan of Action with specific programmes and is scheduled to culminate in a WSIS summit meeting in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005.

  • ICT recovery on European horizon
    News article26 February 2004

    The Western European market for Information Technology and Telecommunications (ICT) is expected to grow by more than 3% in 2004, according to the latest report by the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO). It sees signs of recovery for the ICT market in Europe and worldwide, driven by converging networks and systems and the growth of e-business in particular. EU Commissioner Erkki Liikanen participated in the presentation of the 2004 edition of the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) in Brussels on 19 January 2004. He welcomed the broadly optimistic study which predicts that the Western European ICT market will grow by 3.1% this year, far outstripping the level of 0.8% in 2003. The worldwide ICT market is expected to grow by well in excess of four percentage points.

  • Access to the Information Society for deaf and hard of hearing people
    Event25 February 2004

    The conference will bring together decision-makers at the highest level to discuss the problems and potential solutions to open up the Information Society for all deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people. The aim of the conference is to move towards a common European strategy in broadcasting and telecommunications and to start removing some of the barriers to opportunity and fulfilment. Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will be a keynote speaker at the event and Per Blixt, Head of Unit for Disability and Elderly People at Directorate General of the Information Society will chair the last of the plenary session.

  • Personalised Mobile Services Environment
    Event25 February 2004

    Joint workshop of the IST projects OPIUM (http://www.ist-opium.org) and AlbatrOSS (www.ist-albatross.org). Both projects are complementary in their topics 2.5/3G Networks and Service testbeds (Opium) and 3G OSSs and Services (AlbatrOSS) and should raise some interesting debates and discussions. This workshop will provide a rare opportunity for members of multiple projects to come together to learn about the results of two highly innovative projects under the 5th Framework Programme and to discuss ways in which these results can be exploited in new FP6 projects.