Important! Information available on the KA2 pages is related to activities undertaken during EU's Fifth Framework Programme (1998-2002). Follow this link to access the Sixth Framework Programme site .
Europe is undergoing significant change in its approach to work and commerce. Behind this change are two important driving forces: increasingly mobile communities and emerging technologies which together create the foundation for exploring 'new methods of work and electronic commerce' (e-commerce), and encouraging internet take up across Europe - the e Europe initiative.
Europe can be proud of what it has achieved so far in the information communication technology (ICT) domain, but more research and technological development (RTD) is needed to reinforce its position as a technology pioneer in, for example, e-commerce and mobile technologies. Key Action 2 (KA2) supports long-term applied research, especially areas combining technological innovation with new work practices and advanced business/work models.
The New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce Key Action is part of the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST), which - through its yearly work programmes - covers a wide range of topics or 'Action Lines' for which calls for proposals are issued. The current work programme is available on this web site.
KA2 aims to develop information society technologies (IST) and policy to enable European workers and organisations to increase their competitiveness in the global market place, while improving the quality of life of the individual worker and general consumer confidence.
If you are doing research and development work related to new methods of work and electronic commerce, or if you are interested in the results of such research, browse the pages on this site to find out how we can help you.
The activities and priorities of the New Methods of Work & Electronic Commerce Key Action are as follows:
More information on KA2 activities and priorities is available on the work programme pages on this website.
The e Europe Action Plan details 11 activities, clustered around three main objectives:
Follow this link for more information on the activities of the e Europe Action Plan directly supported by KA2.