Skip to main content

Article Category

News

Article available in the folowing languages:

Trans-European Telecommunications Networks - Update

The consultation process on the preparation of the multi-annual TEN-Telecom work programme, initiated by the Commission in December 1996, has come to a close and a report outlining the results of the consultation is now available. An information package, including a consultat...

The consultation process on the preparation of the multi-annual TEN-Telecom work programme, initiated by the Commission in December 1996, has come to a close and a report outlining the results of the consultation is now available. An information package, including a consultation document for the establishment of the TEN-Telecom work programme and a contribution form, was addressed to over 2,000 European organizations having expressed interest in 1996. In addition, an interactive version of the consultation was available on the TEN-Telecom website already established on the Commission's I'M-Europe WWW server. In total, 135 responses were received during the consultation process (December 1996 - January 1997), the majority coming from service providers, public administrations and, to a lesser extent, from interest groups, IT industry and content industry. The report on the consultation process reveals a general consensus on the soundness of the TEN-Telecom action and on its objectives and priorities. The responses received suggest that awareness of TEN-Telecom is increasing, together with the understanding of its specificities compared with other EC RTD programmes. The 11 domains of common interest set out in the TEN-Telecom draft work programme are as follows: - Trans-European networks for health; - Trans-European networks for education and training; - Trans-European networks for access to Europe's cultural heritage; - Trans-European networks for transport; - Trans-European city information networks; - Trans-European networks for environment and emergency management; - Trans-European generic services; - Trans-European telecom generic services for the postal sector; - Trans-European applications and services for SMEs; - New work methods and teleworking; - Migration to broadband networks. Comments were especially concentrated on the areas of health, services for SMEs, city information networks, education and training, and generic services. A synopsis of the comments received for all domains is given in the report on the consultation, available on the Commission's I'M-Europe WWW server, or on request from the European Commission. A call for proposals in the domain of Euro-ISDN as a trans-European telecommunications network is due to be launched on 15 March 1997. This will be followed by a TEN-Telecom Information Day to be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 April 1997.

Related articles

Policy making and guidelines

7 April 1997