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Brussels, 5 March 2002

"Publishing in the Digital Age": Commission meets European publishing industry

High-level representatives of the European publishing industry will meet Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament in a one-day event in Brussels on 5 March 2002 to exchange views on policy issues affecting the publishing industry. These include the role of self-regulation and co-regulation, content and editorial liability, advertising in the digital economy, data protection and privacy, and applicable law in the sector. The European publishing and content industries are key growth catalysts for the Information Society in Europe and should help deliver on the March 2000 Lisbon European Council aim of making Europe into the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by the next decade.

In his keynote address Commissioner Liikanen will present the priorities of the eEurope 2005 action plan, and their relevance for the publishing industry. He will highlight the need to promote attractive content and digital inclusiveness for all Europeans and the need for wider broadband take-up to unleash the full potential of the digital economy.

The Publishers' Forum: "Publishing in the Digital Age" is organised by five European publishing industry associations with the support of the Commission. The Forum aims to become a yearly meeting point for industry representatives and policy makers to exchange views on important policy and regulatory issues affecting the European publishing industry.

The event will consist of a series of speeches in the morning session with a number of CEOs from the European publishing Industry, followed by two discussion panels in the afternoon. These panels will deal with the "role of self-regulation and co-regulation in the development of open governance for the new media" and "content and editorial liability" respectively. Panel participants will discuss these issues with regard to publishing, particularly in the areas of advertising, data privacy and applicable law.

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