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Collaboration@Work, The 2003 report on new working environments and practices

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As in 2002, this year�s report again provides an opportunity to take stock of the changes in working environments as Europe moves closer towards a knowledge economy.
We welcomed in 2002 and 2003 the emergence of the euro, the single European currency, as a stronger reality, and enlargement in the near future will further strengthen the Union. The Lisbon Strategy to put Europe at the top in international competitiveness has still to be vigorously pursued, and the eEurope 2005 action plan is a step in this direction.
In contrast to the recession in parts of the EU, strong productivity growth in the US has continued for a longer period. The US is reaping the benefits of past investments, in particular in Information and Communication Technologies and business innovation. These technologies are transforming business and working life, and at this critical time in European development, the momentum of innovation must be sustained.
Why is this ICT technological revolution so important? The short answer is that it plays a critical role in productivity growth. Productivity growth depends on increasing the value of goods and services we produce and the efficiency with which we use our skills and resources. Both now depend on effective use of ICT.

Additional information

Authors: NOLAN J, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE);BABOT J, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2003. 258 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-5755-4
Record Number: 200518190 / Last updated on: 2005-07-06
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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