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eEurope: an Information Society For All: Draft Action Plan prepared by the European Commission for the European Council in Feira, 19-20 June 2000

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Abstract

The eEurope initiative 1 was launched by the European Commission in December 1999 with the objective to bring Europe on-line. Following a positive reception for eEurope from Member States, the European Parliament and key actors the Commission submitted a Progress Report to the Lisbon Summit of March 2000.

The aim of this Action Plan is to ensure that the targets set by the Lisbon Summit are reached by defining the necessary measures. It focuses on precisely identifiable actions.

In order to ensure a more precise focusing of action lines, the action lines have been clustered around three key objectives:

1. A cheaper, faster and secure Internet:
a) Cheaper and faster Internet access
b) Faster Internet for researchers and students
c) Secure networks and smart cards

2. Investing in people and skills:
a) European youth into the digital age
b) Working in the knowledge-based economy
c) Participation for all in the knowledge-based economy

3. Stimulate the use of the Internet:
a) Accelerating e-commerce
b) Government online: electronic access to public services
c) Health online
d) Digital content for global networks
e) Intelligent transport systems

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