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European Council considers Bangemann report

At its meeting in Corfu on 24-25 June 1994, the European Council considered the report prepared for it by the Bangemann Group on "Europe and the global information society". The report focuses on specific measures to be taken into consideration by the Community and the Member ...

At its meeting in Corfu on 24-25 June 1994, the European Council considered the report prepared for it by the Bangemann Group on "Europe and the global information society". The report focuses on specific measures to be taken into consideration by the Community and the Member States for the establishment of an infrastructure in the sphere of information. The Council considers that the current unprecedented technological revolution in the area of information presents numerous opportunities for economic progress and development in the widest sense. It is, however, up to the private sector to respond to these opportunities, particularly in the area of financing. The Council, like the Commission, considers that the Community and the Member States have an important role to play by providing the political impetus to create a clear and stable regulatory framework in the areas of market access, comparability between networks, intellectual property rights, data protection and copyright. The Council accepted the ten applications which the report identified for the establishment and development of the information society: - Teleworking; - Distance learning; - A network for universities and research centres; - Telematics systems for SMEs; - Road traffic management; - Air traffic control; - Health-care networks; - Electronic tendering; - Administrative networks; - City information highways. In light of the report, the Council considers that the importance and complexity of the issues raised justify the establishment of a permanent coordination instrument to ensure that all the parties are fully informed. This will take the form of an appointment in each Member State of an individual responsible at ministerial level for coordinating all political, financial and regulatory aspects with a view to ensuring a coordinated approach in the Council. The Council recognizes the necessity of establishing the necessary regulatory framework and will adopt measures in the areas which are covered by existing proposals before the end of the year. The Council also invites the Commission to establish a programme covering the outstanding measures needed at Community level. The Council will assess progress in this area at its next meeting on 9-10 December 1994 in Essen, Germany.

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