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Brussels, 10 October 2003

Commission participates to Geneva TELECOM 2003 Conference

European Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will participate to the opening of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) TELECOM 2003 in Geneva on Sunday October 12. Throughout the conference (October 12-18), the European Commission will focus on the theme of eEurope. Each day on the Commission stand in Hall 5, officials will be presenting one of the specific policy priorities that the Commission and Member States are pursuing in this context (Broadband, eSafety, eLearning, eGovernment, etc…). The Conference represents a good opportunity to demonstrate and exchange views on how EU policies may affect business development within the sector.

ITU TELECOM 2003 is a key event to bring together decision-makers from government and industry, but it is also a favourite venue for major product launches and strategic announcements. Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society will be delivering a key note address at the opening of the event recalling the major role that ICT industries are playing, in stimulating growth.

Current European efforts to boost the ICT sector include: working on a predictable legal environment, investing in research and development, pushing the exploitation of ICT through the eEurope initiative, and developing broadband as the basic infrastructure of the knowledge economy.

The European Commission will have a stand in Hall 5 of the exhibition. There, a series of officials from the Information Society Directorate General will make presentations and answer questions on the individual priorities being pursued, as part of the eEurope Action Plan. The following issues will be covered:

  • eEurope 2005 overview, an inclusive information society for all

  • Regulatory framework, building a European single market in electronic communications

  • Implementation of EU legislation

  • Broadband, a competitive edge through state of the art infrastructure and services

  • eLearning , learning for everyone at any time, any place

  • eSafety, ICT that improves road safety

  • International aspects

  • EGovernment, providing open, productive and inclusive public services

  • eHealth, improving people's health through better prevention and cure

  • eBusiness, helping businesses to be more innovative, fast-moving and responsive.

Copies of the presentations and high resolution photos of these events will be posted to the special website we are maintaining for Telecom 2003 at:

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