• 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.

  • 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.

  • E-commerce and the Internet in European businesses – Data 2001 – 2002 (PDF)
    Report / Study20 February 2004

    This publication reports on the results of the second enterprise survey. The survey was undertaken by all Member States and Norway. The surveys were generally carried out during the first half of 2002. The surveys concentrated on the measurement of e commerce in terms of sales and purchases by enterprises via Internet and other computer mediated networks, as well as looking at the use of key information and communication technologies.

  • Connecting Europe at high speed: reviewing the eEurope 2005 action plan
    Press release19 February 2004

    EU Member States and accession countries have made good progress in rolling out broadband access and in getting public services on line, says a mid-term progress report published by the European Commission on the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. eEurope, launched in 2000, seeks to ensure that the Union realises the full potential of the information society to drive growth through improved productivity and competitiveness. To do this eEurope now focuses on the widespread availability of secure broadband services and on action to promote greater use. The report recognises the important role of public authorities in areas such as procurement, e-government, education and eHealth, as well as the area of e-business where public authorities have an important role in setting the right regulatory conditions. The current Action Plan has ensured steady progress in most areas, but despite positive signs, more effort is needed to share experience and to tailor services to user needs rather than just focusing on installing new technology or applications. This also requires strong political leadership. The Action Plan forms the basis for a discussion with Member States and stakeholders with a view to identifying changes by summer 2004.

  • Seminar shows high interest in exchanging experiences on eDemocracy
    News article19 February 2004

    On the 12 and 13th Feb 2004, over 250 international experts in the field of eDemocracy assembled in Brussels to discuss the implications information technology has, and is having upon our democracy. European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen opened the seminar stating that ICT empowers citizens. eGovernment can make governments more relevant to citizens by increasing participation and involvement in decision-making. It can help restore ownership: the government is of the people. The Commissioner also highlighted some of existing immaturity of technologies and invited the assembled academics, industry and politicians to discuss challenges and priorities for future eDemocracy research.The seminar was an opportunity to highlight achievements and landmark national projects, as well as look forward to how the challenges can be addressed. Projects and presentations at the seminar showed that eDemocracy has indeed great potential to overcome the ‘democratic deficit’ and pilots have already shown usable results. eDemocracy is developing fast and participants welcomed the seminar as a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences across the Europe. The complete agenda and the slide presentations of the speakers can be found at the eGovernment website, while the Seminar report will be made available by the 28th Feb. 2004.

  • Re-organisation of public administrations boosts the quality of online services
    Press release18 February 2004

    Public administrations that combine the use of information and communication technologies to deliver new services with the substantial reorganisation of the way they work get higher appreciation ratings from business and citizens. This finding emerges from a recently published survey: "Reorganisation of Government Back Offices for Better Electronic Public Services European Good Practices". Better results are due to the fact that reorganisation reduces costs, increases productivity, and provides flexibility and simpler organisational structures. This also helps to improve how systems work together across the administration and can improve the working environment for staff. The practical results for the public and for businesses are fewer visits to administrations, together with faster, cheaper, more accessible and efficient services. Benefits are also reflected in fewer errors, more openness, easier to use systems and greater user control.

  • Digital content for high speed Internet: fuelling the EU's information needs
    Press release17 February 2004

    As part of its commitment to eEurope, the European Commission has today proposed a new €163 million programme, eContentplus (2005-2008). The programme will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU. Such content should help to drive demand for broadband access and bring wider benefits for businesses, citizens and the economy. The new programme is more focused than its predecessor, seeking to support the combination of information from different systems - irrespective of format, language or location. This also means making sure content works on different platforms and that it can be better tailored to the specific needs of the user. It identifies three areas: geographical data, educational material and cultural content. In this way it should help to overcome specific problems in Europe which mean that content markets are too fragmented.

  • CIP documents
    Brochure13 February 2004

    CIP documents