The Digital Agenda, Europe's new strategy for the digital economy, was published in May and it is now time to discuss how to put it into practice. The 101 actions announced in the Digital Agenda are not just a "to do" list for the European Commission – it is a call for everyone to join in. The idea is to create a broad movement to make the Digital Agenda evolve as a dynamic instrument to meet the challenges of the information society: copyright, broadband, privacy, security, health, research, etc. You are invited to join the debate together with Vice-President Neelie Kroes on how to make the Digital Agenda a reality.
Evaluation & Monitoring
The proposed study will identify practical mechanisms to realise the EU's Vision 2020 of a low carbon, connected economy by directly addressing the "information deficit" in the fields of energy efficiency and carbon footprint management. Today, even where more and better information is beginning to be generated (e.g. carbon footprinting and accounting by certain progressive firms) this information is not being made available usefully in the daily lives of consumers and other economic actors to inform and make possible substantive behavioural change individually or in the market. This "information transparency" remains a sine qua non for meeting the 2020 targets on energy efficiency and Green House Gas emissions reduction.
Broadband connectivity is a key component for the development, adoption and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the economy and in society. Broadband is of strategic importance because of its ability to accelerate the contribution of these technologies to growth and innovation in all sectors of the economy and to social and territorial cohesion. The Commission actively supports the widespread availability of broadband services for all European citizens as laid down in the Lisbon strategy and subsequent Communications.
The objective of the consultation is to help prepare a new EU strategy for the information society, as the current i2010 strategy is coming to a close this year. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Closing date of the consultation is 9 October 2009. Please note that you are not obliged to answer all questions; you may focus on the areas of interest to you. You can write your replies in any of the official EU languages.
One year after the "Bled Declaration" launching a European approach to the Future of the Internet, and the conference in Bled establishing the Future Internet Assembly, this event aims to review the strategic orientations and trends governing the future societal and economic developments of on-line Internet and Mobile societies. The conference features a wide range of European and international speakers. In a follow-on workshop, it will also bring together more than 90 EU research projects and national initiatives that are instrumental in defining the Future of the Internet.
Global Mobile Internet & IPv6-Next Generation Internet Summit 2009 in China will be held at April 15-16, 2009 in Beijing, which is endorsed by CNGI(China Next Generation Internet) Expert Committee, China three major carriers & CERNET, and co-hosted by IPv6 Forum and BII.
The European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate-General organises, in cooperation with the Hungarian National Office for Research and Technology, this FP7 ICT Proposers Day. Full information on the research challenges and objectives of the new ICT Work Programme for 2009-2010 will be given. The event will also help researchers, interested in the upcoming calls for proposals of the FP7 ICT Theme, to find potential partners. Registration is still open and free of charge. More details can be found on the website.
As part of its the commitment made in the Ministerial Riga Declaration on eInclusion, the Commission has carried out a review of 470 digital literacy initiatives in Europe. It finds that Member States have invested heavily in digital literacy and much has been achieved with increasing internet use by all sections of the population. However it warns that much remains to be done, particularly for the elderly, and finds evidence of a possible secondary digital divide in terms of quality of use. As part of the Review, the Commission invited a High-Level Expert Group to propose Recommendations based on its findings.
This conference is Europe's largest ICT research event in 2008. The event is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the French Presidency of the European Union and will examine European Union priorities in ICT research for over €2 billion of funding available in 2009-2010. More than 4000 participants are expected to attend the event.
In search of the best strategies to boost Europe's leadership in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) research and innovation in the next decade, the European Commission today launched a public consultation. Contributions from industry, ICT experts, policy-makers and the wider public will be fed into a new strategy for ICT research and innovation, to be unveiled next year. The aim is to put European ICT industry, especially SMEs, to the fore of the race for global competitiveness. The public consultation is open until 7 November 2008.
The Commission today called on the Parliament and Council to support a new drive to cut red tape and allow greater flexibility to make European high-tech research more effective. It was responding to the 'Aho report', the most comprehensive evaluation of EU ICT research yet, looking beyond the management of research to evaluate its impact on innovation. The report highlighted that EU research could be of greater benefit for European competitiveness by involving and supporting high growth companies and providing better links between research and venture capital. The Commission, which has launched several initiatives to involve leading companies in research (IP/08/910, IP/08/824, IP/08/785), is committed to making the information and communications technology (ICT) research it supports more effective in terms of delivering business opportunities. It is also launching a public consultation that will feed into proposals to this end in early 2009.
The objective of this call is to develop a 'Manual' for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of ICT research funded under the FP7 (notably collaborative projects, Joint Technoogy Initiatives and Joint programmes). This 'Evaluation Manual' will be based on existing guides and toolboxes and will provide guidance, and practical examples, to all actors, who in various ways are affected by the processes of monitoring and evaluation of EU funded ICT research activities.
The main objective of the study is to assess the Trends and Evolution of the EU ICT research and deployment landscape and how EU ICT RTD and Deployment activities are contributing to the broader EU 'Eco-system' of Research and Innovation. It will assess whether and the extent to which ICT RTD in the EU 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and ICT PSP activities are contributing to 'eco-systems' of innovation and the deployment of Information Society initiatives at regional level.
The objective of this assignment is to assess the impact of the CIP ICT-PSP actions over time, in terms of the structuring effect of the programme in bringing key stakeholders together and creating coherence within the EU and between Member States in the preparation and implementation of pilots and in thematic networks; the level of achievement of the objectives of the initiatives funded; the take up and wider deployment of systems and services from the pilots; and the benefits to stakeholders, notably SMEs from wider take up of systems and services.
These Framework Contracts intend to provide a facility through which different services of the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission can obtain impact assessment and/or ex-ante evaluation related studies and support by a swift and simple procedure. In particular, the objective of this call for tenders is to provide the DG's services with a Framework Contract for provision of direct impact assessment related tasks in the substantive domains of audiovisual and electronic communications policy, spectrum policy, ICT deployment, innovation, public services and quality of life.