• Research : EU to finance projects worth 5 billion
    Press release17 November 2003

    Over 100 000 participants from more than 50 countries responded with nearly 12 000 projects to the first calls for proposals of the €20 billion EU 6th Research Framework Programme (FP6 2002-2006). The first crop of FP6 calls closed earlier this year. The response to these first calls, with a budget of some €5 billion, was consistent across all themes and funding instruments, both new and traditional, with partners from the acceding and candidate countries present in nearly 40% of proposals. Contracts are now being negotiated for projects in all areas from ageing to allergies, information and communication technologies, marine sciences, nanotechnology and carbon sequestration.

  • Commission attends high-level meeting to present roadmap for safer and intelligent vehicles to improve road safety
    Press release17 November 2003

    The Commission has presented its vision for implementing eSafety, highlighting the necessary measures for the rapid take-up of active safety systems which use advanced Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Speaking at the High-Level Opening Plenary Session of the 10th ITS World Congress in Madrid, Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise Policy and the Information Society presented to the automotive industry and other stakeholders a detailed action plan, a “Road Map” for implementing eSafety over the years 2004-2008.

  • 10th World Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services
    Event16 November 2003 to 20 November 2003

    The plenary session on 17 November will focus on eSafety, a joint industry-public sector initiative for improving road safety by using new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This initiative is driven by the European Commission with ERTICO (and ACEA (Association of European Car Manufacturers). The Americas and Asia-Pacific regions will also highlight their road safety plans. Mr. Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, has been invited to speak at this session. More than 200 exhibitors will display state-of-the-art services, products and projects in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems.

  • "Entrepreneurship, innovation and finance"
    Speech14 November 2003

    Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the 4th EBAN Congress Milan (Italy) on 13 November 2003

  • Vote on the European network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in European Parliament and Council
    News article14 November 2003

    European Commissioner for Entreprise and the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, will attend parts of the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg from November 17-20. On Wednesday 19/11, the European Parliament will vote on the proposal to establish the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The Agency is set to play a key role in promoting closer European co-ordination on information security. It shall assist the European Commission and the Member States to help them meet the requirements of network and information security. It will thereby ensure the smooth functioning of the Internal Market. If the Parliament approves the Regulation, it will move for a final discussion in the Council on Thursday November 20. Also on the agenda for the plenary sessions of the European Parliament is the 8th Commission Report on Implementation of the Regulatory Package on Telecommunications as well as the Decision for Interoperable pan-European e-Government Services.

  • From 17 to 23 November : 7th edition of Netd@ys
    News article14 November 2003

    Netd@ys Europe is an initiative of the European Commission to promote the use of new media (multimedia, especially the Internet, videoconference or new audio-visual facilities) in the areas of education and culture and to provide the participants with the opportunity to develop the skills to acquire and to exchange information on a range of themes. The initiative culminates in a showcase week, to be held this year from 17 to 23 November 2003, with online and offline events all around Europe and beyond. More than 30 countries participate, including all EU accession countries. This year's theme is "Dialogue between Cultures".

  • Star Conference 2003 - Getting Europe Ready for the New Age of Networks
    Event14 November 2003

    The conference will explore and debate the two most relevant policy issues currently affecting the development of ICT markets: How far should governments go to promote universal broadband access and how does this effect new telecom operators? Is content the key for the take-off of demand for broadband, and how should Digital Rights be balanced? The results of the debate will be published by the STAR project. Star is a consortium of research organisations conducting in-depth research into the growth of the digital economy in Europe. The Star research project is supported by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme.

  • Commissioner E. Liikanen to present vision for eSafety at ITS World Congress in Madrid, November 16-20
    News article11 November 2003

    Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, will participate in the High-Level Opening Plenary Session of the 10th ITS World Congress in Madrid. He will present his plans to enforce the eSafety initiative in the years to come. These new initiatives shall help Europe move towards the zero vision - no fatalities or disabling injuries on European roads in 2020. In conjunction with the ITS Congress in Madrid Commissioner E. Liikanen will participate in a press conference on eSafety progress together with Louis Schweitzer, President of ACEA (European Car Manufacturers Association) and Max Mosley, Chairman of ERTICO. This will take place November 17 at 12.00 noon. eSafety was established in 2002 as a joint initiative of the European Commission (Directorate General Information Society and Directorate Generale Enterprise), industry and other stakeholders. It aims to accelerate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to increase road safety in Europe. The European commission will also take active part in the rest of the ITS World Congress and Exhibition. The EU stand in the exhibition hall will present 26 projects supported under the European Research Programmes. During the 4-day congress the European Commission will also take part in numerous sessions.

  • 5th International Workshop on Future Information Processing Technologies (IWFIPT)
    Event10 November 2003 to 13 November 2003

    DG INFSO is co-arranging the 5th International Workshop on Future Information Processing Technologies (IWFIPT). This biannual conference brings together top-level scientists and strategic thinkers from all around the world to debate research and technology frontiers that hold promise to make great progress in information processing in this 21st century. Invitees are selected by the respective regional organizing committees.

  • IST EVOLUTE International Workshop "Beyond 3G Evolution of Systems and Services"
    Event10 November 2003

    The conference organised by EVOLUTE (seamlEss multimedia serVices Over alL IP-based infrastrUcTurEs) will cover a range of issues concerning next-generation wireless networks. Evolute is an IST project that aims to design, specify and develop an all IP-based network infrastructure that will offer seamless multimedia services to users who access the network via a variety of different wireless technologies. The Workshop will be hosted by the University of Surrey.