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  • Privacy Technologies in Action
    Events
    27/11/2008
    This event will focus on the real world experience of using Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs). Numerous case studies of how organisations are using PETs in practice will be highlighted. The event will offer a review of whether today's technology can solve today's privacy problems. It will try to start to build a coherent guide for the real world use of privacy technologies in existing information services and systems.
  • Telecoms: Commission welcomes French regulator's move to introduce competitive mobile termination tariffs
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    The Commission today, in a letter, welcomed the French regulator's proposal to bring the wholesale rates charged by French mobile operators closer towards the costs of an efficient operator. The proposed decision of ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes) is a very important step towards the elimination of price distortions between phone operators in France. The decision will lead to lower consumer prices for mobile calls while facilitating investment and innovation in the entire French telecoms sector. The Commission also invited ARCEP to keep up its efforts to reach truly cost oriented and symmetric mobile termination rates for all operators by setting a target date by which they should equal the costs of an efficient operator in the next regulatory window that starts in 2011.
  • Innovation in learning through ICT: Time to adapt to progress and set future priorities
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    Information and communication technologies (ICT) are not yet sufficiently present in Europe's education systems, and reforms must be introduced to adapt them to the technological changes sweeping through our societies. This is the main conclusion of a report adopted by the European Commission.
  • SMS and Data Roaming: Commission welcomes swift endorsement by Telecoms Council
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    Following the Telecoms Council's deliberations this afternoon, Viviane Reding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner, commented on the Roaming II Agreement: "I welcome the Council of Telecoms Ministers' early endorsement of the Commission's proposal to reduce consumer charges for sending text messages and downloading data via their mobile phones while abroad. This shows that where there is a common will, there is a swift EU way for action in the telecoms sector. Thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the French Presidency, namely of Secretary of State Luc Chatel, Ministers have answered the Commission's call for a speedy response to the SMS and data roaming rip-off very positively. I look forward to discussing with the European Parliament – which is co-deciding on the new roaming rules with the Council – how best to protect European businessmen, tourists, students and other travellers from excessive SMS and data roaming charges. I am confident that with Parliament we will ensure that consumers travelling in the EU will save money when sending texts and surfing the web with a mobile phone as of 1 July 2009. This would send a clear message of consensus that the EU's single market is there to serve European citizens as well as businesses."
  • -Telecoms Council- Commission sees improved Council position on the EU Telecoms Reform as good basis for negotiations with the European Parliament
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    Following the Telecoms Council's deliberations this morning, Viviane Reding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner, commented on the Council's results for the EU Telecoms Reform as follows: "There was a constructive crisis this morning at the Council meeting, as several delegations felt that the Council text agreed so far was not ambitious enough. I applaud Secretary of State Luc Chatel for having resolved this crisis with skill and a pro-European intention. The new text now agreed by Ministers is an improvement compared with the initial text of this morning, even though I continue to believe that Europe's telecoms sector requires better rules than those now on the table here. Nevertheless, the new Council text is a basis now for the negotiations between Council and the European Parliament, which codecides on the EU-Telecoms Reform. However, if we want to reach an agreement under this Parliament, all three institutions – Parliament, Council and Commission – must sit down together without delay and get down to work on a common approach. Europe has no time to lose: our operators need a single market for telecoms; our rich spectrum resources need to be managed more effectively in the interests of our economy and the goal of 'broadband for all' – especially in these difficult economic times; and European consumers should have a clear bill of rights. I therefore ask the French Presidency to call a meeting of the three institutions early in December. Only this can pave the way for a second reading agreement in spring 2009."
  • Fight against cyber crime: cyber patrols and Internet investigation teams to reinforce the EU strategy
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    The Council of ministers of the European Union adopted today the European Commission's strategy to reinforce the fight against cyber crime. The strategy proposes a series of operational measures, such as cyber patrols, joint investigation teams and remote searches to become part of the fight against cybercrime in the next five years. The strategy also introduces concrete steps for closer cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement authorities and the private sector.
  • Commission takes court action to prevent excessive spot- advertising on Spanish TV
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    The European Commission today decided to bring Spain before the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with the rules on advertising in the EU's "Television without Frontiers" Directive. This is the final stage of an infringement procedure started in July 2007 (IP/07/1062). The main publicly funded and the commercial TV channels in Spain regularly fail to limit advertising and teleshopping spots to 12 minutes per hour, often by several minutes. While recognising the need to finance commercial programmes with advertising, the "12-minute-rule" was set up by the EU so that viewers would be protected from excessive spot-advertising on TV. The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers confirmed the "12-minute-rule" during the recent modernisation of the Directive (IP/07/1809).
  • State aid: Commission authorises €116 million Finnish film support scheme
    Press releases
    27/11/2008
    The European Commission has approved under EC Treaty state aid rules a €116 million Finnish film support scheme until 31 December 2013. The scheme covers all of Finland's film support measures including film development, production, distribution and exhibition, particularly in rural Finland. The Commission found that the scheme is compatible with the cultural and sectoral derogations of the EC Treaty, in line with the Cinema Communication rules concerning aid to film production, In particular, the aid to cinemas has been approved on economic and social grounds, particularly in small, remote communities.
  • ECTA Telecoms Regulatory Conference 2008
    Events
    26/11/2008 to 28/11/2008
    This yearly event attracts European policymakers, national authorities, regulators and operators. The conference comes at a critical time for the European telecommunications market, as the regulatory environment for next generation broadband access is determined. The event will provide an important forum for debate on the recently announced Framework Review proposals made by the European Parliament and the Commission. Keynote speakers include European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Catherine Trautmann, Member of the European Parliament and Fabio Colasanti, Director General for Information Society and Media at the European Commission.
  • Event announcement : PRACE Hosts Scientific Workshop during ICT 2008
    News Article
    26/11/2008
    PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is hosting a scientific workshop in Lyon on November 26, to be held in parallel with ICT 2008.

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