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Collaboration@Work, The 2005 Report on new working environments and practices

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In 2005 we have seen a major reappraisal of Europe’s prospects for economic growth and its ability to compete in the rapidly evolving global knowledge society.
The appointment of a new college of European Commissioners has led to a new start for the ‘Lisbon’ strategy, focusing more closely on ‘delivering stronger and lasting growth and creating more and better jobs’. ICT is seen as the backbone of the knowledge economy and now accounts for 40% of the productivity growth in European economies as well as providing benefits to society at large.
The importance of ICT as a driver for growth and job creation is taken up in the new strategic framework of i2010 - European Information Society 2010. It promotes an open and competitive digital economy and emphasises the role of ICT for innovation in the workplace and for the inclusion of all citizens in a cohesive society. And it is complemented by the new Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and its priority on ICT funding.
In recent years ICT developments have gained pace, and digital convergence of information society and media services, networks and devices is becoming an everyday reality. It is therefore appropriate that the new commission has brought Information Society and Media policy together in a single Directorate General under Commissioner Viviane Reding.
Investment in research and innovation is crucial for the European ICT sector to continue to deliver jobs and growth in both the short and long term. The European Commission has proposed a substantial increase in future support for scientific and technological research in the Seventh Framework Programme (2007 - 2013), in which ICT is a major theme. There has been strong support for these proposals as a starting point for the definition of future European research strategy.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 201 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KK-AC-05-001-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9283-X
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