• Simulation technology could help prevent future financial crises
    News Article30 November 2009

    The European Commission today unveiled breakthrough research that could help economists answer questions like these by using economic simulation software. Produced by an EU-backed research project worth €2.5 million that came to a successful end today, the software applies simulation technology also used for computer generated images (CGI) in movies. It predicts the interaction between large populations of different economic actors, like households and companies, banks and borrowers or employers and job-seekers, who trade, and compete like real people. By giving each simulated agent individual and realistic behaviour and interactions that show how markets will evolve, these massive scale simulations can better test new policies tackling future societal challenges.

  • Challenges following the forthcoming reform of the EU telecommunications rules.
    Reports and studies30 November 2009

    The 2009 seminar was organised by the Academy of European Law ('ERA') on behalf of the European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General. The seminar aimed at highlighting key issues of the telecoms reform and its impact on the role of judiciaries and regulators in the sector. The role of National Regulatory Authorities was discussed in the context of regulation of termination rates and of next generation access networks. Comprehensive case-law of the Court of Justice was presented and national court practices were demonstrated by means of case-law report from the Netherlands. A number of other issues, such as major notifications under Article 7 in 2009, removal of ex-ante regulation in the telecoms sector or challenges relating to the digital dividend were also at stake.

  • International Expert Workshop - European RTD in the field of ICT & Ageing: Lessons learned & issues for the future, 16 December 2009, Brussels
    News Article30 November 2009

    The workshop aims to identify RTD achievements in relation to the Action Plan on Information and Communication Technologies and Ageing ; and at examining what issues deserve particular attention in further work programmes. Participants are requested to fill in a questionnaire in preparation of the workshop.

  • Telecoms: Commission welcomes Lithuanian proposal to reduce mobile termination rates
    Press releases30 November 2009

    In a letter just sent, the European Commission welcomed the proposal of the Lithuanian regulatory authority for telecommunications, Ryšių reguliavimo tarnyba (RRT), to decrease mobile termination rates (MTRs) in Lithuania by around 60% in the coming two years. MTRs are the wholesale prices which mobile operators charge for terminating calls on their respective networks. As a result of RRT's proposal, mobile termination rates in Lithuania will be amongst the lowest in the EU. In addition, as from 31 December 2012 at the latest, RRT plans to set MTRs at the level of the cost of an efficient operator, based on a cost model in line with the Commission's Recommendation on Termination Rates ( IP/09/710 ). However, RRT wanted to reserve the possibility to introduce a transitional period until July 2014 prior to reaching efficient termination rates. The Commission's letter stresses that no such additional transitional period should be granted. The Commission also reminded RRT that the obligation for operators to grant access to their respective networks to competitors is unilateral and unconditional.

  • Final conference of the Senior project - ICT for an ageing society, an ethical approach
    Events27 November 2009

    The project consortium will present its key results to a wider audience of stakeholders: a comprehensive collection of good ethical practices; a comprehensive collection of industrial ethical codes; a set of recommendations towards an operational roadmap. Two sessions of lectures will address the state of the art about: promoting an all inclusive digital society and monitoring privacy and ethical values. A concluding session will explore the priorities for future action.

  • Conclusions of the European e-Skills 2009 Conference
    News Article27 November 2009

    During the European e-Skills 2009 Conference,,which took place on the 20th November 2009, a major awareness raising campaign, was announced for 2010. The European e-Skills Week will take place during the first week of March 2010 and will promote awareness of the growing demand for highly skilled ICT practitioners and the importance of e-skills in today’s society. With a wide range of pan -European and national events in European countries organised by different stakeholders , it aims to increase e-skills and to encourage young people to take up ICT studies and careers . A suggestion was also made to strengthen the inclusion and integration of Roma and handicapped children by developing their e-skills.

  • President Barroso unveils his new team
    Press releases27 November 2009

    José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, today announced the portfolios responsibilities for the next Commission. The President has held detailed consultations with all the Commissioners-designate in order to assign the right jobs to the right people. The President believes that this team can deliver the agenda for change he set out in the political guidelines he presented in September, following his nomination by all 27 Member States and before his approval as President of the next Commission by the European Parliament.

  • Telecoms: European Commission urges Polish telecoms regulator to take stronger action on mobile termination rates
    Press releases27 November 2009

    In a letter sent today, the European Commission has asked the Polish telecoms regulator, Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UKE), not to unnecessarily prolong asymmetric termination rates in favour of P4, the latest entrant in the Polish mobile telephone market. Currently P4 charges other operators around 1.5 times more for connecting calls on its network than its competitors. The Commission calls upon UKE to bring its pricing methodology in line with the Commission's Recommendation on Termination Rates of May 2009 ( IP/09/710 ) and to swiftly reduce P4's mobile termination rates (MTR) to the level of the cost of an efficient operator. Termination rates are an important cost element when consumers call a phone which is connected to another network. They are included in everyone's phone bill and eventually paid by the calling customer.

  • Draft Work Programme 2010 of the ICT Policy Support Programme
    Call for proposals27 November 2009

    The draft 2010 Work Programme has been approved by the Management Committee of the ICT Policy Support Programme on 19 November. The formal Commission Decision on the programme is expected to be taken in January 2010, following the scrutiny period of the European Parliament. Of interest: Objective 3.3: e-Accessibility of Public Digital Terminals foresees the support of one large or several smaller pilot actions. The aim of the pilot is to validate in real life settings accessibility and user-friendliness of Public Digital Terminals. Objective 3.4: Assistive technology and accessibility portal foresees the launch of one or more thematic networks. The aim is to establish an online European platform for Assistive Technology and accessibility devices and services, helping to connect available schemes in various EU countries, as well as to stimulate innovative and ubiquitous software-based solutions. A workshop on Self-service terminals and Assistive technologies is organised in Brussels on 7 December. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the upcoming call for proposals and gather ideas from participants in this connection. A general (covering all objectives of the Work Programme) Information Day is scheduled for 14 January 2010 in Brussels. This date is subject to confirmation and more information will be available very shortly.