• Telecoms: Commission requests more market data before concluding on draft regulatory measures in the Slovenian mobile market
    Press releases
    17/11/2008
    In a letter dated 13 November 2008 the Commission has informed the Slovenian telecom watchdog, APEK, that at this stage it has serious doubts as to the finding of joint dominance in the Slovenian mobile access and call origination market. During the following two months the Commission will call for and assess further market data from APEK and market players.
  • EURONCAP includes ESC and active car safety systems in its car safety ratings
    News Article
    14/11/2008
    EURONCAP, the European New Car Assessment Programme, will include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and active car safety systems in its car safety ratings for consumers as of January 2009. From this moment on, EURONCAP's top 5-star rating of car safety will only be given to cars which have ESC as a standard fitment.
  • GAP (Guard Anticipation & Prediction): A new approach to Health Risk Prediction
    Promotional Material
    14/11/2008
    Investigation of aspects related to ICT research in new risk prediction, assessment and management tools for preparation, surveillance, support and intervention in case of largescale adverse health events was one of the main objectives of the European Commission, through the ICT e-health programme, when launching the GAP Project. The GAP Project’s goal is to assess the need and the means for a “generic predictive model” for an ICT system capable to produce health alarms at EU level and design a roadmap for the future research on ICT tools for Guard (Detection), Anticipation and Prediction of potential large scale threats. The Project is focused on four types of risks: Biological (communicable diseases and bioterrorism), Natural, Industrial and Nuclear and Terrorist Risks.
  • ASK-IT Project Helsinki Event - change of date
    Events
    14/11/2008
    The event will now take place on 14 November (instead of date of 24 September announced earlier) in Helsinki (in the STAKES office). The Helsinki site is promoting independent mobility for people with functional limitations by providing improved accessibility to existing Tourism and public transport services in the tourism and public transport sectors, using context-related and real-time information. For example, a blind person will be helped to use public transport, while someone in a wheelchair will be able to choose a hotel suited to their needs. Stakeholders include STAKES (the Technical Research Centre of Finland), Helsinki City Transport and transport technical research centre VTT. The working language will be Finnish.
  • ICCB2009: final call for paper
    News Article
    14/11/2008
    Submission of abstract to the Fourth International Conference on Computational Bioengineering (including the First European Symposium on Biomedical Integrative Research, Bertinoro (IT) on 16th-18th-09-2009). Topics: original work related to all aspects of computational bioengineering and in addition, Data management and modelling tools, Methods for subject-specific modelling, Experimental methods for models validation, New numerical methods and computational tools, Probabilistic and optimisation methods in bioengineering, Multiscale modelling and integrative research. Deadline: January 31st 2009. For complete information refer to the website of the conference.
  • Telecoms: Commissioner Reding welcomes commitment of Italy's telecoms regulator AGCOM to further reduce mobile termination rates as an "important step in the right direction"
    Press releases
    14/11/2008
    In a high-level visit to Brussels today, Corrado Calabrò, the president of the Italian telecoms regulator AGCOM (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni) offered important commitments to EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding to bring the regulation of mobile termination rates in Italy in line with European law and best European practice. If fully implemented, these commitments could end concerns of Commissioner Reding on the level and partial asymmetry of mobile termination rates in Italy. In a letter sent on Monday, the Commission had asked AGCOM to review its proposed price caps on mobile termination rates for Telecom Italia, Vodafone, WIND and H3G Italia which were considered not in line with the principles of cost orientation and effective competition. Already since some time, the Commission has observed a continued pattern of inconsistency in regulatory approaches on termination rates across the 27 Member States. These differences cannot be explained by different national circumstances alone, but by different costing models, benchmarks and glide paths chosen by national regulators. In June, the Commission had published a draft Recommendation on the regulatory treatment of fixed and mobile termination rates, which reiterates clear and consistent principles for national regulators on the relevant costs to be taken into account when they analyse their termination markets and set tariff obligations (IP/08/1016, MEMO/08/438). The commitments offered today by the Italian telecoms regulator take into account the approach recommended by the Commission, leaving open the potential for further steps towards cost-orientation once the approach is fully implemented.
  • Telecommunications: Commission raises serious doubts about proposed Spanish broadband regulation
    Press releases
    14/11/2008
    The European Commission has informed the Spanish telecoms regulator, Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT), that it has serious doubts that the draft measures on the Spanish wholesale broadband access market, notified under the Electronic Communications Framework Directive, are compatible with EU law. It is unprecedented that a national regulator proposes to regulate wholesale broadband access only up to a certain speed (30 Mb/s in this case). The CMT further proposes to impose less stringent regulation in areas where alternative infrastructure operators seem to be active. In the context of the transition towards high speed broadband in Spain, the Commission needs to ensure that the proposed measures do not hinder broadband competition and are supported by empirical evidence. The Commission now has two months (until 13 January 2009) to take a final decision on whether or not the regulator can adopt the proposed measures.
  • Digital Europe: the Internet Mega-trends that will Shape Tomorrow's Europe
    Speech
    13/11/2008
    European Internet Foundation Special Event "A view of the Digital World in 2025", Brussels, 13 November 2008
  • "eInclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities" workshop
    Events
    13/11/2008
    This new ePractice.eu workshop will explore immigrants and ethnic minorities issues in relation to three key themes: Theme 1: Local community development and entrepreneurship. This will focus on how ICTs are being used to support challenges that are faced by some communities with regard to poor economic opportunities; low levels of digital literacy and e-skills and issues around social cohesion. It will explore in particular how ICTs are being used to develop individual and social capital and community capacity, and to support entrepreneurship. Theme 2: Language and identity in a culturally diverse Europe. Language is a complex and contested issue in e-inclusion. On the one hand, ICTs are being deployed to promote ‘multi-lingualism’ – for example to help new immigrants improve their job opportunities by learning the language of the ‘host country’. On the other, they are being used to promote a different inclusion agenda – that of promoting cultural diversity by preserving the culture and language of ‘minority’ and therefore excluded cultures. This theme will reflect on these issues as well as related issues around ‘identity’ within a European society, and how identity is itself being re-shaped through ICTs. Theme 3: Introduction initiatives and services, inclusive eGovernment and participation. This theme will focus particularly on the problems faced by newly-arrived immigrants and how ICTs can be used to better support their integration.

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