• "EU Policy for the Development of the European Telecoms Sector"
    Speech24 November 2003

    Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference, Morgan Stanley, Barcelona, 21 November 2003

  • "EU Policies to boost Productivity through ICT investments"
    Speech24 November 2003

    Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the Conference of the Cercle Technologic de Catalunya, Barcelona, 21 November 2003

  • Commissioner Liikanen stresses the role of good national regulators to reach objectives of new regulatory framework
    News article24 November 2003

    Effective regulation is not only built on the right rules but also on regulators that are empowered to do their jobs effectively. That was the key message in European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society Erkki Liikanens speech at the Teleconnector 2004 Conference in Helsinki 24 November. Mr. Liikanen reiterated that the new regulatory framework is designed to cut down on the unnecessary red tape and regulate only competition is insufficient. This is why the framework gives National Regulatory Authorities a number of tools to ensure competition. It is vital for the success of the new framework that national transposition of the framework gives the regulators the powers and level of discretion built into the community legislation. Mr Liikanen again expressed his concern that at least half of the member states are running behind in transposition. Without proper application and implementation the whole approach in our framework could be undermined and even discredited. Therefore we intend to take the application of the new rules quite seriously and will not hesitate to take vigorous enforcement action when needed, Mr. Liikanen said.

  • Commissioner Liikanen to participate in World Summit on the Information Society
    News article24 November 2003

    The first phase of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS- Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 December 2003) brings together all actors in the area including high-level officials, non-governmental organisations, civil society, industry leaders and media representatives. The summit should adopt a Declaration of Principles and a Plan of Action.. A large number of Heads of States and Governments has already announced their participation in the event. Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner of Enterprise and the Information Society has also confirmed his participation. The WSIS is organised by the International Telecommunication Union under the high patronage of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General. The second phase will take place in Tunis (Tunisia) from 16 to 18 November 2005

  • INFRA/ERA 2003 - Conference on European Research infrastructure
    Event21 November 2003

    The conference is organised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in the context of the Italian Presidency. The objective is to encourage the deployment of Research Infrastructures in the various scientific fields and to take stock of recent advances. The GEANT and Grids infrastructures will play a relevant role and the Commission provides a secretariat function to the ESFRI forum.

  • e-commerce: EU law boosting emerging sector
    Press release21 November 2003

    With 54% of European internet users expected to shop online by 2006, the successful application of the Electronic Commerce Directive, adopted in 2000, will be increasingly vital to the EU economy, concludes a European Commission report published today. According to the report, the Directive, by applying to e-commerce the Internal Market principle of the freedom to provide services, is already "having a substantial and positive effect". The report emphasises that, given continuing technological innovations and the rapid growth of e-commerce, the Commission will need to keep a close eye on the application of the Directive. It will work with Member States to improve both information to businesses and citizens and the exchange of information among national and European authorities. The global nature of the Internet means that the Commission will also need to strengthen dialogue with international partners so that worldwide rules can be drawn up where necessary.

  • Annual review & exhibition ("jamboree") of the Disappearing Computer
    Event20 November 2003 to 22 November 2003

    The 3rd and final annual jamboree of the EU-funded proactive initiative 'The Disappearing Computer' will feature the results and demo-prototypes of 15 projects sponsored by the European Commission under the EU's Fifth RTD Framework Programme. Most projects are in their final stage and the exhibition represents an excellent opportunity to see cutting edge ways of integrating information technology into everyday objects and settings. The Jamboree will also include talks by the leading people in the field and a number of workshops. The first two days of the jamboree will be reserved for reviews of projects, but Saturday 22 November is open for the public.

  • The Internet in 2004: Safe or Just Safer? - an INHOPE Initiative
    Event20 November 2003

    The focus of the INHOPE conference 2004 is on the protection of individual rights - especially those of children - in the online environment. The Conference will target an audience representing the areas of law enforcement, child welfare, Internet Service Providers (ISP's), the interested parents of children and anybody eager for 'frank talk.' The purpose of the conference is to demonstrate the importance of protecting in particular especially children’s rights, and preventing victimization through consumer education. The conference will promote a network linking the experts and specialists in the field of sexual exploitation and online illegal content and enable the expansion of the INHOPE network to new and diverse stakeholders.

  • New Commission website on Radio Spectrum Policy
    News article20 November 2003

    The development of radio spectrum policy in the Community includes co-ordinating and supporting the radio spectrum needs of EU policies and initiatives in such sectors as communications, transport, R&D, environment and broadcasting. EU radio spectrum policy is conducted in dialogue with Member States, European Parliament and spectrum users constituencies, so as to drive forward a co-ordinated modernisation of radio spectrum regulation in the Community and to contribute to horizontal policy objectives such as the internal market and competition policy. In order to ensure full transparency, a dedicated web site for the Radio Spectrum Policy has been created. All relevant information on the activities of the European Union in this respect is now available at: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/topics/radio_spectrum/index_en.htm

  • Commissioner Liikanen will deliver keynote speech at GSM Europe Seminar in Brussels, 25 November
    News article20 November 2003

    Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, will be the keynote speaker at the 1st annual GSM Europe Seminar. The seminar entitled 'Mobile in Europe - A turning point?' provides a forum for the discussion of the future of mobile communication in Europe. The one-day program will be focused partly on stakeholder issues and partly on consumer protection in relations to payments, privacy and Spam