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Brussels November 7th, 2001

Services in the knowledge economy. CoR seminar in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. 9 November 2001

Information technology has transformed the market for many service industries. Now they must adjust to changed circumstances as world economic growth slows down after the technology boom of recent years. These are the issues for discussion on 9 November 2001 at a seminar in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, organised by Committee of the Regions Commission 6 (Employment, economic policy, single market, industry, SMEs) together with the La Rioja region.

The seminar is a follow up to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the European Commission's initiative "internal market strategy for services". The event will provide the Commission with an opportunity to get first hand information from local and regional players in the service sector.

Members of the Committee of the Regions will be joined by representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as businesspeople from major service industries, to consider options for European strategies for meeting the challenges of the new economy and the question of the global competitiveness of European service industries. The meeting, hosted by Pedro Sanz Alonzo, CoR member and President of the Government of the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, will also hear about the practical experience of trading within the single market for services.

Seminar: The Competitiveness of Services in a Knowledge Based Economy


Recinto Ferial de La Rioja

Albelda de Iregua

Logro¤o, La Rioja


Schedule: 0930-1830 Friday 9 November 2001

The seminar is open to the public and journalists are welcome to attend. For further details please see the attached programme, or contact the local organiser Valentin Caro tel +34 941 291121 fax +34 941 291224 or Risto Raivio at the Committee of the Regions tel +32 2 282 2194.

"The competitiveness of services in a knowledge-based economy"

in Logroo, La Rioja Region, Spain, 9 November 2001

9.30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Registration of participants
Chair during the morning session: Mr Emilio del Río Sanz Secretario General para la Unión Europea y de Acción en el Exterior de La Rioja
10 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.Opening speeches - Objectives of the conference

  • Mr Pedro Sanz Alonso, Presidente del Gobierno de la Comunidad Autonoma de La Rioja (ES)

10.45 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

The technology revolution and the global challenges for competitiveness of services in Europe

  • Mr Manuel Arenilla, Consejero de Desarrollo Autonómico y Administraciones Públicas del Gobierno de La Rioja (E)

  • NN, Metropolitan area perspective, Eurocities
11.30 a.m. - 12 nooncoffee break
12 noon - 1.30 p.m.European strategies for meeting the challenges of the new economy

  • Internal market strategy for services: Mrs Margot Froelinger, European Commission, DG Internal Market

  • Mr Henri Malosse, Economic and Social Committee (F)

  • Mrs Ulrike Rodust, Rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions for "Internal market strategy- 2001 review" (D)
  • 1.30 - 3.30 p.m.Lunch
    Chair during the afternoon session: Mr Enrique Lapresa, ADER, (l'Agence de Desarrollo Economico de La Rioja)
    3.30 p.m. - 6 p.m.Internal market for services in praxis: main experiences

    Enterprise experiences

    • Mr Juan Ramirez, Enterprise Würt Espana (E)

    • Mr Angel Ruiz, Siemens

    Candidate country perspective

    Mr Mihai Arbagic, President Conseil departemental de Calarasi, Roumanie

    Coffee break

    Regional experiences

    • Mrs Ritva Nousiainen, example of cross-border cooperation Haparanda, Sweden, - Tornio, Finland

    • Mr Enrique Lapresa, ADER (l'Agence de Desarrollo Economico de La Rioja)
    6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.Concluding debate

  • Mr Henri Malosse, ESC (F)

  • Mr Emilio del Río Sanz, Secretario General para la Unión Europea y de Acción en el Exterior de la Rioja
  • Conference languages: FR/DE/EN/IT/ES/

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