EUROPEAN POLICY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES MARKET
With the rapid expansion of new information technology applications, advanced information services are becoming increasingly important for industry, trade and services, scientific research and development, and strategic planning. Moreover the information services sector on its own is one of the most dynamic economic sectors in the developed countries, reaching growth rates of up to 30%. Europe is strong in traditional information services (publishing, libraries); it does not yet take full opportunities of electronic information services. This is due to the fragmentation of the information services market in Europe as a result of linguistic, technical, administrative and legal barriers. Unless a large Community-wide market is achieved, Europe will increasingly be running the danger of becoming information dependent, with potentially serious consequences. In view of this situation, the Commission has prepared and the Council approved a policy and a plan of priority actions with the following objectives: item"1." to establish an internal information services market; item"2." to stimulate and reinforce the competitive capability of European suppliers of information services; item"3." to promote the use of new advanced information services in the Community; item"4." to reinforce the joint efforts to achieve the internal and external cohesion of the Community with respect to information services.par To meet these objectives the following priority action areas have been specified: item - setting up of a European information market observatory; item - elimination of technical, administrative and legal barriers; item - improvement of the conditions for transmitting and accessing information services; item - improving the synergy between the public and private sectors: item - launching of pilot and demonstration projects; item - supporting NIT applications in libraries; item - facilitating user access to existing information services.par The introductory phase of this policy will last 24 months and has been allocated the sum of 36 million ECU. At the end of this phase the Commission will propose guidelines for actions to be undertaken until 1992.
Bibliographic Reference: EUROPEAN ROUND-TABLE YOUTH CONFERENCE, CHATEAU DE LIMELETTE (BELGIUM),SEPT. 2, 1988, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOU POB 1907, MENTIONING PAPER EN 34180 ORA
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Record Number: 1989126110400 / Last updated on: 1989-06-01
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