The Commission adopted on 13 June, in line with the rules of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications of 2002, a decision on the harmonisation of the 2500-2690 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Community. With Member States planning to issue licenses starting in 2008, this decision ensures coherent technical conditions within the Community for the provision of services such as mobile Internet access.
Semantic interoperability — or the ability to exchange data across national, sectoral and
linguistic boundaries while preserving the meaning of the data — is a major challenge for
public administrations everywhere. As a first step towards meeting this challenge, the
European Commission has launched the Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe (SEMIC.EU), a single point of reference for semantic
interoperability in Europe. It provides a valuable range of services and a collaboration
platform for pan-European e-government projects.
Nanotechnologies have enormous potential benefits for manufacturers, consumers, employees, patients and the environment. They will bring more energy and resource efficient processes, improve computer memories and processors and could usher in a new age of customized pharmaceuticals and medical procedures. While current EU legislation covers in principle the challenges for health, safety and environment with regards to nanomaterials, there is further need for research and international cooperation. As more and more products involving nanomaterials are reaching the market, the European Commission will start a consultation with stakeholders and Member States in order to increase knowledge and awareness about the potential of nanotechnologies and to continue to ensure an adequate protection of nature, environment and health.
The Korea-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT is co-organised by the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media) and Korean Authorities, with the support of a project funded under the 6th Framework Programme(FP6). This Cooperation Forum represents a platform to identify, discuss and develop joint strategic ICT research projects.
The workshop will address key issues concerning digital literacy and e-competences Three themes of particular relevance to digital literacy will be discussed in particular : Content and delivery ; Usability and accessibility ; Motivation and sustainability.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the team of the study "Accessibility to ICT products and services by the disabled and elderly people", convened on 10 June 2008 a consultation workshop with the aim to gather expertise and views in relation to both web-accessibility and general e-accessibility from stakeholders (Member States, users and industry), in order to assess the need for and elements of possible European level action to these issues.
The subject of the contract is to provide an assessment aimed to test expected outcomes resulting from digital inclusion, such as: empowerment of individuals to use ICT to better participate in the economy hence with an effect on employability and entrepreneurship ; the value for society produced by inclusive on-line public services and the economic benefit resulting for users ; the effect on the overall productivity due to increased employability, better jobs and improved public services ; the impact of digital inclusion on demand for ICT tools and services ; the effects of technological improvements in terms of quality and price as well as consumer welfare ; the macro-economic costs of encouraging change towards an inclusive knowledge and information society in Europe (EU-27).