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[FYI] Developing the Information Society for European jobs
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1999.
Record Control Number: 13099
Category: General policy
The job opportunities of the future will be
created through innovation and the Information
Society, according to the European Council's
conclusions from its meeting in Cologne on 3 and 4
June 1999. Meeting to discuss the major issues
facing the EU following the entry into force of
the Treaty of Amsterdam, the European Council
confirmed that creating jobs continues to be
Europe's top priority, with the European
Employment Pact the key instrument.
The Council believes it is the Information Society
that will create job opportunities in the future.
With a budget of 15 billion euro, the Fifth
Framework Programme is intended to speed up the
process of innovation and exploit the EU's
potential for employment and growth to the full.
The more competitive Europe becomes in the high
technology sector, the more high-quality
employment opportunities will be created.
For example, the development of a European
satellite navigation system (Galileo) should,
according to the European Council, be given
careful scrutiny, in view of its strategic
importance. The Council will speed up its
discussions on the Commission communication on the
system, with the aim of securing finance largely
from private sources.
Furthermore, Europe must take a leading role in
the Information Society, and all schools must be
given access to the Internet as soon as possible.
In addition, the European Council emphasised the
importance of developing Europe's leading position
in electronic commerce. There must be improved
policy coordination to create a favourable
environment, and a directive, which has the
support of industry, must be adopted speedily.
Subsequently, the European Council calls on the
Commission and the Member States to work together
with business representatives to identify the
obstacles to the speedy development and
application of information technology, and to work
out proposals for solving problems. In doing so,
the need for standardisation and deregulation
should be kept in mind.
Data Source Provider: Council of the European
Union, Press Service
Document Reference: Based on the Presidency
conclusions - Cologne European Council, 3 and 4
Programme Acronym: FRAMEWORK 5C; IST
Subject Index Codes: Innovation, Technology
Transfer; Telecommunications; Information, Media