Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

Bill Gates bei Prodi: "paper-free governments"

[Vielleicht will Herr Gates ja ein Kooperationsabkommen mit der EU schliessen: Sonderrabatte, wenn alle EU-Amtsstuben MS verwenden und alle InfoSociety-Fortbildungsmassnahmen der EU auf dem MSIE aufsetzen. ;-) -AHH]

Romano Prodi meets Bill Gates

DN: IP/99/736 Date: 1999-10-12

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Brussels, 11 October 1999

Romano Prodi meets Bill Gates

European Commission President Romano Prodi met today with Mr Bill Gates, chairman and Ceo of Microsoft.

Mr Gates was accompanied by Mr Bernard Vergnes, chairman of Microsoft EMEA, Umberto Paolucci, vice-president of Microsoft Corp., John Frank, law and corporate affairs Europe, and Mrs Marie-Thérèse Huppertz, European corporate affairs manager.

The general purpose of the meeting between Mr Prodi and Mr Gates was an exchange of information and views on recent developments in the field of information technology, the use of the Internet as a commercial, cultural and educational tool, and the role of information technology in creating new jobs and fostering economic growth.

Specific themes of the discussion were the information society's potential to enrich the way citizens work, learn and play, the shortage of skilled labour, and the importance of life-long learning for workers and citizens.

Mr Prodi underlined the Commission's commitment to launching a major initiative aimed at fostering information technology literacy among secondary school European students.

Mr Gates gave Mr Prodi an illustration of Microsoft's activities in Kosovo, where Microsoft has offered to supply personnel and technology for the creation of ID cards for refugees, in collaboration with the UN.

Specific attention was devoted by Mr Prodi and Mr Gates to the way public administrations work and to the prospect of creating of "paper- free governments". Mr Prodi, in particular, illustrated his own experiences in his home town, Bologna.