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Europe - the future of telematic services for enterprises

A new publication entitled "Europe - the future of telematic services for enterprises" has recently been announced by the Belgian-based "Club de Bruxelles". This publication is based on the background material and proceedings of a one-day information conference on the future...

A new publication entitled "Europe - the future of telematic services for enterprises" has recently been announced by the Belgian-based "Club de Bruxelles". This publication is based on the background material and proceedings of a one-day information conference on the future of telematic services in Europe, which was organized by the "Club de Bruxelles", in Brussels, on 25 April 1995. The conference, supported by DG XXIII, addressed the following issues: - The participation of SMEs in the creation of the information society, within the overall framework of the implementation of the Bangemann report on Europe's way to the information society, the Commission's action programme and the G7 pilot projects; - The Commission's role in promoting SME/SMI access to new technologies; - Community action on information, advice and training to encourage SME participation in telematics applications programmes; - Expectations and fears of SMEs with regard to the information society. The proceedings of the conference (80 pages) are accompanied by a 310-page background study prepared for the conference. The study covers the following subjects: - The role of SMEs and SMIs in the European Union: . Structural impediments to SMEs and SMIs in the European Union; . The European Union's SME-SMI policy (Euro-info centres, BC-Net, BRE, Business and Innovation Centres); . Facilitating access of SMEs and SMIs to new technologies; - The dynamics of the White Paper: . The Bangemann report on liberalization; . The integrated programme; . The expectations of SMEs and SMIs; - The information society, the new frontier for SMEs and SMIs: . Support for information and cooperation between companies (sub-contracting); . Support to improve management (tele-working); . Support for vocational training.

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