• Research and Education Networks Achieve Major Step Towards Closing the Mediterranean Digital Divide
    News article28 April 2004

    The EUMEDCONNECT project, funded by the European Commission within the framework of the MEDA regional program, has installed a new high capacity link between Algiers and Madrid. This connects for the first time the Algerian National Research and Education networks (NRENs) to the GÉANT pan-European research network backbone.

  • e-Business legal conference - Facing the challenges of online law
    Event27 April 2004 to 28 April 2004

    Entrepreneurs with practical experience in e-business, legal and e-business experts from the EU Member States, the Acceding and Candidate Countries, as well as leading representatives from the ICT industry, civil society and the scientific community are called to present and discuss their views on legal problems encountered when doing business electronically in a major conference to be held in Dublin.

  • IST 2004 Web Site launched - Calls for conference and exhibition ideas now open.
    News article27 April 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. Two calls for conference and exhibition ideas are now open. Deadline: 17 May. For details on these calls and full information about IST 2004, consult the newly-launched IST 2004 web site.

  • Internet usage by individuals and enterprises
    Report / Study27 April 2004

    This edition of Statistics in Focus introduces some of this key data from two years of pilot surveys in households and enterprises on ICT usage.

  • 14 Pilot projects to boost knowledge economy in European regions
    Press release27 April 2004

    The European Commission has selected 14 pilot projects, to be allocated a total of €2.5 million, to boost the regional dimension of the knowledge economy. The projects were selected from a call for proposals published on August 1st, 2003. The "Regions for Knowledge" initiative (KnowREG) was called for by the European Parliament in order to encourage local players to design and shape regional knowledge development models. The models are to foster university involvement with the local economy and develop guidance for technology development paths, as well as awareness-raising actions. Projects will help improve regional research and innovation strategies, regional public-private partnerships, links between researchers, companies and financial institutions and networking between technological innovators across Europe's regions.

  • Employment Week 2004
    Event26 April 2004 to 28 April 2004

    The Employment Week 2004 conference "Human Capital- A Major Asset in the Enlarged EU" focuses on the core of the Lisbon agenda. Making Lisbon happen requires linking human capital, employment and growth and ensuring that the opportunities offered by information and communication technologies are fully exploited.

  • IANIS workshop: Broadband via Satellite - Bridging the digital divide: A regional perspective
    Event26 April 2004

    Eutelsat and eris@ bring together representatives from different European regions to debate the importance of satellites in providing all EU citizens access to the Internet at broadband speed, including services for e-applications for SMEs, administrations and research institutes in the enlarged Europe.

  • The role of universities in building a Europe of knowledge
    Press release26 April 2004

    Today European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin welcomed more than 1000 participants from Europe and beyond to a conference on "The Europe of Knowledge 2020: A vision for university-based research and innovation", in Liège (Belgium). Participants include Ministers, National and European Parliament Members, heads of universities, top-level scientists and industry leaders. The aim of the event, that will run to April 28, is to define the role of universities and prepare a European vision for university-based research and innovation for the next 15-20 years. The Commission will also present a study on the "Financing of University-based Research and Innovation". As competitiveness and mobility top the political agenda, there is a clear need to support and foster the contribution of universities in helping Europe meet the objectives set out by the March 2000 Lisbon European Council to turn Europe into the most dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. The conference will not only help delegates to fully understand the European dimension of the challenges faced by universities in research, but it will also stimulate further debate on the Commission's Communication on "The role of universities in the Europe of Knowledge"

  • More legal certainty for TV advertising: the Commission clarifies its interpretation of the "Television without Frontiers" (TVWF) Directive
    Press release23 April 2004

    With the development of new advertising techniques, such as split screen, interactive advertising and virtual advertising and the increasing use of new forms of advertising, questions about the proper interpretation of the rules on advertising in the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) Directive, and the compatibility of these practices therewith, have repeatedly been put to the Commission. Through a Communication adopted on 23 April, the Commission intends to clarify its interpretation of the Directive. The Communication shows that new advertising techniques and new forms of advertising are compatible with the Directive, provided that their use respects the objectives of general interest pursued by the Directive, namely the viewers right to a clear separation between editorial content and commercial communication as well as the viewers right to protection against excessive advertising, as detailed in the Directive, and the right of the rights-holders to the respect of the integrity of their audiovisual works. In accordance with the case law of the European Court of Justice, it is based on the principle that a prohibition of and advertising technique or a form of advertising applies to the extent and to the extent only that it is clearly stated in the Directive. However, it is without prejudice of the Directive's faculty for the Member States to foresee stricter and/or more detailed rules for broadcasters under their jurisdiction.

  • Commission welcomes agreement among European regulators on competition remedies to be used in the field of electronic communications
    Press release23 April 2004

    The European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together the national authorities responsible for electronic communication markets, published on Friday 23 April a "Common Position" on how they apply remedies to address competition problems in the newly opened markets for electronic communications. The EU regulatory framework sets out a 'menu' of remedies that National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) can apply to address specific problems that may arise in markets where there is one or more operators with significant market power. The 'menu' includes obligations to provide access, non-discrimination, transparency, cost accounting and price control.

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