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Council adopts INFO2000 programme

The Council has reached a political agreement on the proposal for a Decision to adopt a multiannual Community programme, INFO2000, to stimulate the development of a European multimedia content industry and to encourage the use of multimedia content in the emerging Information ...

The Council has reached a political agreement on the proposal for a Decision to adopt a multiannual Community programme, INFO2000, to stimulate the development of a European multimedia content industry and to encourage the use of multimedia content in the emerging Information Society. INFO2000 will have a budget of ECU 65 million, divided along the following four action lines: - Stimulating demand and raising awareness, in particular by using the awareness networks created under the IMPACT programme to inform specific groups, such as SMEs, and to encourage clusters of pan-European users (22-32%); - Exploiting Europe's public sector information by developing policies to access and exploit public sector information, linking directories of European public sector information and making use of content resources in the public sector (18-23%); - Triggering European multi-media potential by catalyzing high-quality multi-media content, trading multi-media intellectual property rights and developing and exchanging best practice (45-57%); - Support actions aimed at observing and analyzing the multi-media content market, spreading the use of multi-media content standards and encouraging skills development at European level. INFO2000 is designed to stimulate the creation, development, and distribution of European multimedia products and services. The programme's objective will be to encourage industry to identify and exploit new commercial opportunities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the transfer of print to electronic media as well as the preparation multimedia interactive services. It now remains for the Committee of Permanent Representatives to receive the European Parliament's final opinion before the programme can be formally adopted.

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