• Commission suspects TeliaSonera (Sweden) of having abused its dominant position in the provision of high-speed Internet access
    Press release19 December 2003

    Today, the European Commission has sent a so-called statement of objections to TeliaSonera AB. The statement concerns a contract for the construction and operation of a fibre-optic broadband network for the provision of high-speed Internet access and other services on behalf of HSB Malmö, a regional housing association. The Commission takes the view that TeliaSonera's bid for that contract was intentionally set below cost and did not allow the operator to recover the investments and expenses derived from the provision of infrastructures and services contained in the contract. By setting such a low price, TeliaSonera prevented the development of alternative infrastructure and the entry of competing service providers. TeliaSonera thereby strengthened its dominant positions in the markets for the provision of local broadband infrastructure and the provision of high-speed Internet access.

  • New Site for Free and Open Source Software
    News article17 December 2003

    A new DG INFSO site on Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS), is now available within the 'Information Society' website on Europa. It aims to provide information on activities conducted within European programmes and initiatives with the objective of raising awareness and understanding of free and open source software (F/OSS). Links to European activities related to open source and to some well-known websites on the subject are included.

  • Electronic Communications: Commission takes further step in enforcement action against seven Member States
    Press release17 December 2003

    After the passing of the deadline for implementation of the new regulatory framework for electronic communications, the European Commission opened in early October infringement proceedings against eight Member States for failure to notify transposition measures (see IP/03/1356). The Commission has now followed up on this action by sending Reasoned Opinions to seven of those Member States, which have still not implemented the regulatory framework into their national legislation. The Member States concerned are Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal. Spain recently notified the Commission of its implementation of the Directives in question and the infringement proceeding against it has therefore been closed.

  • Bridging the Broadband Gap
    Speech16 December 2003

    Speech at the eEurope Workshop on broadband regional and local initiatives in Brussels on 15 December 2003

  • EISCO 2003 Conference conclusions
    News article16 December 2003

    Some 350 local and regional government politicians and experts from 22 countries met in Aalborg, Denmark, to exchange ideas on how to promote integrated public services in the networking society at local and regional level in the context of eEurope2005. The Communication from the EISCO2003 conference stresses that eGovernment, meaning the use of information and communication technologies in public administrations, combined with organisational change and new skills in order to improve public services and democratic processes and strengthen support to public policies, has a very important role to play in the modernisation of the public sector. The best practice cases discussed at EISCO made clear to the participants that eGovernment is a long-term process that requires careful planning and significant resources. Full proceedings and other related documents can be found on the conference website Please find attached the communication from the conference. To read the press release and to find the proceedings and other related documents and photos, please go to http://www.prelude-portal.org/uploads/eisco_page.htm.

  • Open Workshop on Barriers to Competition
    Event16 December 2003

    The Commission arranges the workshop, where Ovum, a UK based consultant will present an independent study on "barriers to competition in electronic networks and services markets". The workshop will allow for intense discussions with participants. It is open to all interested parties, but pre-registration is required.

  • European Commission presents new roadmap for short-and medium term update of EU audiovisual policy
    Press release16 December 2003

    The European Commission has just adopted a new policy document on regulation in the audiovisual sector. This follows a wide public consultation on the "Television without frontiers" (TVWF) directive, as well as a comprehensive debate with the member states, which helped to identify those areas where further action is necessary. As a result of the consultation process, the Communication on the future of European regulatory audiovisual policy proposes a two step approach : the rules on television advertising and on the protection of minors will be the subject of new initiatives in the first quarter of 2004. For other issues, where further reflection is needed, work with experts in focus groups and independent studies will take place in 2004 as a preparation for any legislative proposal concerning an update of the Directive that could be put forward in 2005.

  • Protection of minors: European Commission to propose improved framework during the first quarter of 2004
    Press release16 December 2003

    The European Commission has just adopted a new evaluation report on the September 1998 Council Recommendation concerning the protection of minors and human dignity in audiovisual and information services. The report analyses the measures adopted in the Member States and at EU level since the year 2000. Commissioner Reding, Member States and other interested parties have been expressing concerns for several years on the high level of violence in some media. Accordingly, and in order to be able to keep up with the challenges which technological developments bring, the Commission intends to follow up on this evaluation report by proposing an update of the Recommendation during the first quarter of 2004.

  • eEurope Awards for eHealth
    News article15 December 2003

    The call for proposals to participate in the eEurope Awards for eHealth - 2004 was opened on 26 November 2003 and will close on 21 January 2004 at 12.00 hrs. The overall objective of the call is to enable and facilitate the exchange of views, experiences and good practices among European countries in the field of eHealth. The call covers in particular eHealth information tools and services for citizens, eHealth administrative tools and services for citizens, eHealth homecare and telemedicine tools and services for citizens These tools should be in current use and supported by a health actor. Health actors of a wide diversity of types from all levels (local, regional, national and/or pan-European) of the Member States of the enlarged European Union, the candidate countries as well as EFTA countries are invited to submit applications. For further information and details please refer to the website. Applications must be submitted in English and online via this web-site

  • eEurope Workshop to exchange experience of local and regional initiatives to speed up the roll out of broadband networks
    Press release15 December 2003

    Commissioners for the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen and for Regional Policy, Michel Barnier, joined industry, regions and Member States representatives in Brussels for an 'eEurope Workshop on local and regional broadband initiatives'. The workshop discussed current local and regional initiatives to extend the reach of broadband in remote and rural areas where market forces alone are not yet sufficient to support its roll out. The event follows Guidelines before the summer on the use of the Structural Funds for electronic communications. The Mid-term review of structural funds programmes will be an opportunity to assess progress on actions and initiatives relating to the Information Society, for which at least 6 billion of Structural Funds were allocated, and to consider appropriate changes in support of broadband infrastructure and services according to needs.