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The scope of the study was formulated at the request of the European Commission' s Directorate General for Enterprise (DG ENTR). It aims to respond to growing concerns about the impact of convergence on the competitiveness of European consumer electronics industries, industries which have been perceived as traditionally strong and which have been the source of significant employment and jobs within the EU.

The project's activities focused on two research clusters: one on products, services and usage, and another on industrial structures and employment. Proposals for research for policy support were developed in a third cluster. Work was completed in April 2000 and resulted in 13 research papers. They are reproduced in annex and were the basis for an initial report for internal ESTO distribution.

The present report is based on the introduction and synthesis of the latter and benefited from discussion at an IPTS workshop held after the project was completed.

The project was managed by Dr. Nico Hazewindus (MERIT, Netherlands) in collaboration with Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman (IPTS). The ESTO team led by Dr. Hazewindus consisted of Wendy K. Hansen (also of MERIT), Gerard J. Nauwelaerts, IPC (Ireland), Dr. Puay Tang and Tim Venables, SPRU (United Kingdom), Prof. Dr. Ulrik Jorgensen and Finn Hansen, ITS/DTU (Denmark), Pieter Ballon, TNO/STB (The Netherlands) and Alain Puissochet, IDATE (France).

Additional information

Authors: HAZEWINDUS N, IPTS, W.T.C Isla de la Cartuja, E-41092, Sevilla (ES);BURGELMAN J (EDITORS),
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19659 EN (2000), 148pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: DG-JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, W.T.C. Isla de la Cartuja, E-41092 Sevilla (ES) tel:+34-95-4488405 fax:+34-95-4488339
Record Number: 200013067 / Last updated on: 2001-01-31
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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