• Public procurement: Commission consults on how Europe can make the most of electronic procurement
    Press release13 September 2004

    The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation aimed at identifying opportunities and challenges in electronic public procurement. This is part of the process of drawing up an Action Plan to help make sure Europe’s economy gets the maximum possible benefit from the implementation of the new provisions on electronic public procurement included in the legislative package of procurement Directives adopted in February 2004. The deadline for responses is 15 October. Public procurement is a key sector of the EU economy accounting for about 16% of GDP. Modernising and opening up procurement markets across borders – including through the expansion of electronic procurement - is crucial to Europe's competitiveness and for creating new opportunities for EU businesses.

  • European Commission publishes the impact of the past 10 editions of the European Tech Investment Forum
    News article13 September 2004

    Access to finance continues to be an obstacle for Europe’s innovative technology companies, despite the short-lived "dot-com" boom. European entrepreneurs still face fragmented and varying European financial markets, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage. This is especially true for the new Member States where the capital markets are immature. Therefore, most ambitious technology entrepreneurs must seek funding across Europe if they care to raise capital in sufficient amounts from resourceful investors. The required cross-border search clearly increases costs, legal and financial risks and the time-to-market.

  • EU blueprint for Security Research programme
    Press release9 September 2004

    The EU should launch a fully-fledged European Security Research Programme by 2007, with a sufficiently large budget. This is the core message of a Communication on "Security Research: The Next Steps", just adopted by the European Commission. The paper represents the Commission’s feedback to recommendations of a high-level group of 27 top European industry executives and policymakers, published last March. The report, "Research for a Secure Europe", stresses the need for increased co-ordination in this field and advocates an annual EU budget of € 1 billion for security research.

  • 43rd European Telecommunications Congress
    Event8 September 2004 to 11 September 2004

    Conference organised by the Federation of Telecommunications Engineers of the European Union (FITCE). The Congress will focus on the evolution of broadband for fixed as well as for existing and new mobile networks. The congress topics - Mobility, Corporate/Carrier Services and Residential Services-, will be approached from different angles: the associated vision, technology, infrastructure, services and applications, as well as marketing and socio-economic aspects.

  • Video: Your guide around town
    Video7 September 2004

    Guidebooks’ days are numbered. Tourist offices should be concerned. Time Out and the like should worry too. People will no longer need them for directions or to arrange their evenings, whether at home or abroad. Thanks to Ambiesense’s new information technology system, both mobile phones and PDAs will allow you to see what is in town, from monuments and shops to leisure facilities, according to your taste, interests and budget.

  • Commission grants 52 million euro to boost use of GRID – tomorrow’s Internet
    Press release7 September 2004

    A Euro 52 million package of twelve EU-funded research projects, that together aim to bring “Grid” networked computing out of research labs and into industry, has just been launched by the European Commission. By giving everyone access to the immense computing power and knowledge hitherto available only to the biggest corporations and laboratories, Grid tools will boost business competitiveness and help create new markets and services. Users of Grids are able to monitor and model everything from climate change to how cars behave in collisions. An improved understanding of such behaviours ultimately helps those responsible to take the necessary steps to improve people’s quality of life.

  • EGG 2004+
    Event6 September 2004 to 8 September 2004

    The conference Electronics Goes Green 2004+ (EGG 2004+) will bring together the worldwide leading experts from the technological and the environmental area. Together they will discuss the environmental challenge of tomorrow's electronics and open the view for sustainable strategies. Future needs of consumers and their acceptance of technologies will also be on the agenda of the conference.

  • MobiLife Project Launch
    News article6 September 2004 to 8 September 2004

    People are used to being able to contact anyone, anywhere, at anytime. However, the challenge of enabling mass-market-scale ubiquitous services and applications remains. To further address this challenge, the Integrated Project MobiLife, selected under Call 2 of the EU FP6 Information Society Technologies R&D Programme, will be launched in Helsinki/Finland. Its key objective is to bring advances in mobile applications and services based on the evolving capabilities of 3G systems and beyond. The user-centric R&D approach in MobiLife will combine applications and services frameworks with innovative applications and services, enabling technologies and service components, user and industry evaluation, and exploring and removing hurdles between service development and deployment.

  • Commission launches new portal giving all citizens of the enlarged EU access to better information on their rights
    Press release6 September 2004

    The European Commission has launched a new “Dialogue with Citizens” portal providing clear information on how citizens can use their rights in the EU Internal Market and navigable in all 20 official languages.

  • Commission grants Euro 93 million to upgrade European Research and Education Internet (GEANT)
    Press release3 September 2004

    A contract to upgrade Europe’s world-leading GÉANT communications network for research and education has been signed by the European Commission in Brussels. Upgrades will include high-performance services for the most demanding network users, giving researchers their own “wavelengths” across the continent; end-to-end connectivity, which will give scientists direct access to the advanced communication capabilities of GÉANT and Europe’s national research networks; and a mobility and roaming service that will enable scientists to stay connected to GÉANT wherever they are doing their research.