• EU e-Commerce Law - International Research conference
    Event27 November 2003 to 28 November 2003

    The Law Department at Copenhagen Business School is hosting an international research conference on EU Electronic Commerce Law. Leading legal researchers and experts from European Universities will participate. Ongoing research-projects will be presented and discussed in a number of workshops.

  • Fostering a Culture of Network and Information Security for Business and Governments .
    Event27 November 2003

    One week after the Telecommunications Council that should secure a political agreement on the establishment of the European Network and Information Security Agency, FEDERCOMIN (the Italian Federation of ICT Services Companies) brings a number of worldwide security experts - from both the private and the public sector - to the European Parliament, in Brussels, where they will discuss about a number of issues, including issues such as : What an organization does or must do to minimize risks or to respond to a security breach; The role of technology. Is there is a danger in believing that security is just a technology issue, and that more resilient IT systems equate to more security? ; Whether a one-size-fits-all approach to business continuity be appropriate, or cost effective; The impact of regulatory influence on management attention to security issues ; Further information on the workshop : Tel - Fax

  • European Commission presents IPv6, the new Internet protocol
    News article27 November 2003

    IPv6, the new version of the Internet Protocol, is ready for implementation. After almost 20 years of service the current version of the Internet Protocol IPv4 is gradually being phased out and the new version - the IPv6 - will increasingly take over. On that occasion, Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission organises The Global IPv6 Service Launch Event in Brussels on January 15-16, 2004. The event will showcase the new protocol as well as a number of research projects that have shown the actual deployment of the IPv6 and developed a number of complementary applications. Among other things the new Internet speed record set by the GÉANT network in October 2003 was achieved using the IPv6 protocol. The goal of the event is to highlight the importance and impact of IPv6 to spur the deployment of the new protocol in all sectors. One of the main problems of IPv4 is concerned with its limited address space. IPv4 only supports 4 billion IP addresses and as a result the world is slowly running out of the addresses needed for every computer to access the global network. IPv6 will not only square the number of available IPv4 addresses two times over. It will also provide encryption functionality by default and make life easier for the users by automatic network configuration of new devices. Another huge benefit of IPv6 is to restore pure end-to-end connectivity of devices on the Internet.

  • EU needs to boost productivity and employment growth rates, says Competitiveness Report 2003
    Press release27 November 2003

    To improve standards of living, the EU needs to regain its leadership in productivity growth and raise employment rates, says the Competitiveness Report 2003, published by the European Commission today. The report suggests that the decline in hours worked per person in the EU, together with the virtual stagnation in total hours worked over the past thirty years and the recent slowdown in productivity growth, are not consistent with expectations of a rapidly improving standard of living. The cumulative US-EU difference in productivity growth in 1995-2002 is 9 percentage points when measured by person employed and 4.5 points when measured by hours worked. The report finds that firms that achieve high productivity growth are those that combine organisational improvements with investment in new technologies, and particularly in information and communication technologies (ICT).

  • 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

  • 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