• Workshop on New Communication Paradigms for 2020
    Event3 March 2004 to 4 March 2004

    The workshop is intended to stimulate discussion on visionary research on new communication paradigms (systems and concepts) for 2020 and beyond. The workshop is organised by the unit for Future Emerging Technologies of the Information Society Directorate General of the European Commission

  • Statistics on the information society in Europe - Data 1996-2002 (PDF)
    Report / Study3 March 2004

    This is the second edition of Statistics on the Information Society in Europe. It provides detailed statistical information on the Information Society in the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the Candidate countries. Statistical information from a variety of sources, mainly official sources, have been brought together for this publication. The publication uses data from three Eurostat sources that are focused on information society issues, namely the COINS database on communication statistics, the ICT usage and e-commerce survey of enterprises and data from the household survey on ICT usage. The publication also provides detailed data relevant to information and communication technologies extracted from broader Eurostat sources, notably Structural Business Statistics, PRODCOM, short-term business statistics, external trade and the Labour Force Survey. A number of other sources covering specific issues complete the picture.

  • E-Government Europe
    Event1 March 2004 to 3 March 2004

    The conference brings together senior decision-makers from government organisations across Europe to discuss e-Government and the possible ways to improve the take up and participation of the citizens of Europe. Paul Timmers, Head of Unit for e-Government in Information Society Directorate General of the European Commission, will be a keynote speaker on the subject "e-Government Policy in the European Union" on Wednesday 3 March

  • 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.

  • Electronic payments: Commission seeks views on single European telephone number to report lost and stolen cards
    Press release1 March 2004

    The European Commission has launched a public on-line consultation on the possible establishment of an EU-wide system for cancelling lost and stolen credit and payment cards ("Card Stop Europe"). Such a service would be based on a single easy-to-remember phone number. Comments are invited until 30th April 2004.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Information Society Policy in an Enlarged Europe
    Speech26 February 2004

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