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[FYI] CEC on Y2K Compliance

                    CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1999. 

                    Record Control Number: 13067

                    Date: 1999-06-04

                    Category: Miscellaneous

                    General Information:

                    Not all sectors in the EU's Member States yet
                    expect to be completely ready for the Year 2000
                    computing problem, the so-called Millennium Bug,
                    according to a report issued by the European
                    Commission. However, of most concern are the
                    safety issues in nuclear installations in
                    countries beyond the EU's external borders. 

                    The European Commission has adopted a report to
                    the Cologne European Council (3-4 June 1999) on
                    the state of preparedness of key infrastructures
                    for the Year 2000 computing problem. The report
                    notes that there have been positive developments
                    in most areas, for example coordination is
                    increasing, vital infrastructures are being
                    audited, testing programmes carried out and
                    information is becoming more widely available. 

                    However, the report also expresses concern over
                    the fact that not all sectors in all Member States
                    expect to be completely ready in time, and that
                    information on the situation is lacking,
                    particularly in relation to the potential
                    spill-overs between sectors and between countries.
                    According to the report, the safety issues in
                    nuclear installations and power grids in Eastern
                    Europe and the former Soviet Union are of most

                    The report concludes that work should intensify
                    both in the private and public sectors, to share
                    information and to coordinate actions, in
                    particular with regard to the cross-border aspects
                    of contingency and emergency planning. Member
                    States should continue to make available the
                    necessary information on the state of preparedness
                    of their vital infrastructures and services in
                    areas like energy, water, telecommunications and

                    Data Source Provider: European Commission, Service
                    du Porte-Parole

                    Document Reference: Based on a report from the
                    Spokesman's midday briefing of 2 June 1999.

                    Subject Index Codes: Other Technology;
                    Information, Media; Scientific Research; Other
                    Energy Topics