• MultiMediaville 2003
    Event26 November 2003 to 27 November 2003

    Yearly conference organised by the Association of French major cities. In the focus will be the strategies of metropoles and regions in the deployment of Information Society infrastructures and services.

  • 1st Annual GSM Europe Seminar - Mobile in Europe : a turning point ?
    Event25 November 2003

    This event is organised by GSM Europe, the European Interest Group of the GSM Association. At a time when the new communications regulatory framework is being implemented and new mobile services developed, this seminar will provide a forum for discussion on the future of the mobile industry. Keynote speaker will be Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society.

  • Weakening growth in investment and increasing brain drain: two major threats to the European knowledge-based economy
    Press release25 November 2003

    European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented on 25 November 2003 two new publications on Europe's position in research and innovation. The "Key figures 2003-2004 for science, technology and innovation", and the "Brain drain study - Emigration flows for qualified scientists" display a bleak picture. The March 2000 Lisbon European Council's call to turn Europe into a world-class economic powerhouse, and the subsequent March 2002 Barcelona Council's objective of boosting EU spending on R&D from 1,9 to 3% by 2010, are far from being met. Progress is slow and in some areas we are even losing ground. The growth rate of investment in the knowledge-based economy is declining; the R&D investment gap between the EU and the US is increasing in favour of the US and 'brain drain' is on the rise. The two new publications highlight an overall deterioration of Europe's scientific and technological performance.

  • EGOVOS Conference
    Event24 November 2003 to 26 November 2003

    The event has been cancelled

  • "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.