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Image 28.02.2005 The Council has approved the eContentplus programme. The 4-year programme (2005-08), proposed by the European Commission, will have a budget of 149 million € to tackle the fragmentation of the European digital content market and improve the accessibility and usability of geographical information, cultural content and educational material.
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EUROPEAN DIGITAL CONTENT TOWARDS YEAR 2005

Stimulate the use of the Internet

The eContent programme was adopted by the Council on the 22 December 2000.

  • for a period covering the years 2001 to 2005,
  • with a budget of 100 MEURO.

In particular, the eContent programme, as part of the eEurope Action Plan , contributes to its third objective:

"stimulate the use of the Internet"

The Commission adopted on the 15 March 2001 the eContent  Work Programme covering the actions to be undertaken during the period 2001 - 2002.

Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on the eContent programme

CORDIS Euroabstracts spoke to Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on how the eContent programme aims to stimulate Europe's content industry in the digital age. Read the article  and the press release issued 22 December 2000.

Background

The eContent programme builds on

  • The  Commission proposal for a "Multiannual Community programme to stimulate the development and use of European digital content on the global networks and to promote the linguistic diversity in the information society", adopted on 24 May 2000.
  • The strategic eContent Preparatory Actions ( Call of 20 April 2000 ) that were started for the year 2000.
  • The successful INFO 2000 and MLIS programmes that came to an end in 1999 (see the  impact study and final evaluations).


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