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INFO EURO ACCESS call for declarations of interest (IMPACT 2)

Following actions already undertaken in the context of the Community programme for the establishment of an internal information service market (IMPACT 2) the programme now intends to complement its earlier market support by an effort in favour of integrated information tailore...

Following actions already undertaken in the context of the Community programme for the establishment of an internal information service market (IMPACT 2) the programme now intends to complement its earlier market support by an effort in favour of integrated information tailored to the needs of specific users in different locations in Europe. This effort, called INFO EURO ACCESS, is designed to improve European-wide access to information and to enable businesses to obtain necessary information rapidly and efficiently, in particular through the emerging transmission facilities offered by EURO-ISDN, forthcoming broadband communications and other advanced delivery channels. By supporting key development projects, it is intended to show viable ways of combining information from different sources, local and remote, for the benefit of business users, and to demonstrate solutions for overcoming technical, linguistic and administrative obstacles impeding access to information. It is not currently feasible to invite formal and complete proposals due to IMPACT's budgetary limitations for 1994. However, in the expectation that an adequate budget will be available for 1995, the Commission requests interested organizations to declare now their intent to make a later proposal. The present declarations should contain only brief summaries of the intended projects: full details will be required at a later date in response to a formal call. In addition to project proposals, the Commission invites organizations to state tasks or subject areas which by their complexity or lack of readiness cannot be currently the subject of proposals but require initial study, concertation or horizontal activity. Declarations received in response to this notice will enable the Commission to plan the INFO EURO ACCESS exercise in the light of the interest and orientations shown by industry, in particular by defining the scope and conditions of the intended call. The following features are considered particularly important for all projects the Commission may wish to support: - Development of information services and products having value for significant groups of users; - Access to and use of information improved through innovative platforms and presentation; - The commercial viability of projects; - Project consortia must involve active partners from different Member States (and may include partners from the European Economic Area); - Organizational and administrative measures simplifying contract and payment facilities for access to remote information; - Integration of information in different forms (e.g. text, images, video, sound); - The transparent combination of locally stored information and remote information, in particular using advanced transmission facilities. Community contribution to projects will, as a rule, not exceed 50% of the actual costs incurred. Further information may be obtained from, and replies submitted to: Commission of the European Communities Directorate-General XIII/E-2 IMPACT Programme Jean Monnet building (C4-25A) L-2920 Luxembourg Tel. +352-34981222 Impact Central Office freephone numbers are also available: Belgium: 078118437; Denmark: 80010737; France: 05906937; Germany: 0130823337; Netherlands: 060223137; UK: 0800899237; Luxembourg: 08003337; Ireland: 1800555237.

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