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[FYI] Prodi launches 'eEurope' initiative for Europe
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 1999.
Record Control Number: 14050
Category: General policy
President of the European Commission Romano Prodi recently launched
an initiative that aims to bring the benefits of the Information
Society to all European citizens.
He said the eEurope initiative, which focuses on ten priority areas
including education, transport and healthcare, would be one of his
priorities at the Helsinki European Council on 10 December 1999. It
will also be on the agenda of the special meeting of the European
Council of Lisbon to be held in March 2000.
Mr Prodi said: These changes, the most significant since the
Industrial Revolution, are far-reaching and global. Managing this
transformation represents one of the central economic and social
challenges facing Europe today.
'The eEurope initiative is intended to help overcome these challenges
and thereby accelerate the modernisation of the European economy,
with a positive impact on employment, growth, productivity and social
Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for the Enterprise and the Information
Society, coordinated the preparation of the initiative. 'Technologies
and markets today move at a much faster pace than perhaps ever before
in economic history,' he said. 'There is no time to wait until the
current policies of Member States and the Commission deliver. A major
effort has to be made to advance key policies. This is why an
initiative - eEurope - needs to be taken now.'
The key objectives of the initiative include bringing all of Europe
online, creating a digitally literate Europe and ensuring that the
process is socially inclusive.
The initiative will be implemented during the forthcoming Portuguese
presidency with cooperation from the Commission and Member States.
The aim is to have it adopted at the European Council on Employment,
Economic Reform and Social Cohesion - Towards a Europe of Innovation
and Knowledge - to be held in Lisbon during March. It will be further
developed at a special ministerial conference on the Information
Society to be held a month later, also in Lisbon.
Data Source Provider: Information-Society Directorate General
Document Reference: Based on a Commission press release no IP/99/953
Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems
The text of the Communication can be found on the Internet at:
Any comments on the initiative can be sent to: