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Information Society Forum - New board and work programme

The Information Society Forum, which provides advice to the European Commission on the issues raised by the development of the Information Society, has recently elected a new board to direct its activities during 1997. The Forum has also defined a number of goals for its work ...

The Information Society Forum, which provides advice to the European Commission on the issues raised by the development of the Information Society, has recently elected a new board to direct its activities during 1997. The Forum has also defined a number of goals for its work during 1997. The new board are: - Chairman: Claudio Carrelli, of Telecom Italia (STET Group); - Vice-chairman: Caroline Kerstiëns, of the European Bureau of Consumer Unions (BEUC); - Vice-chairman: Fritz Pleitgen, of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR - broadcaster). Mr. Carrelli announced, on assuming the Chair, that the Forum would be involved in the preparation and follow-up of the new "Action Plan for the Information Society" adopted by the Commission in November 1996. The Forum will concentrate on the following activities in 1997: - Advice on current EU activities: The Forum will offer advice and act as a sounding board for the Commission's activities that are currently underway, including the Fifth RTD Framework Programme, and respond to the Commission's communications, specific programmes and Green Papers; - Strategic vision: The Forum will continue to give medium and long-term strategic overviews of the development of the Information Society; - Information Society awareness: The Forum will promote public awareness of the issues of the Information Society, in cooperation with existing and planned national, regional and local activities. The Forum has also established a number of working parties to examine specific issues in relation to the development of the Information Society during 1997. These include: - Employment and job creation; - Social and democratic value: culture and the future of new services and the media; - Universal access and consumer protection and support; - Sustainability in an Information Society; - Public services: bringing administrations closer to citizens; - Lifelong learning.