Skip to main content

Event Category

Event

Article available in the folowing languages:

More than 100 companies to participate in information society showcase

The European Commission has unveiled initial details of the information society showcase, to be held in support of the meeting of G7 ministers and industrial representatives which will take place on 25-26 February 1995 in Brussels.

The meeting will be held in the framework of...

25 February 1995 - 25 February 1995
Belgium

The European Commission has unveiled initial details of the information society showcase, to be held in support of the meeting of G7 ministers and industrial representatives which will take place on 25-26 February 1995 in Brussels.

The meeting will be held in the framework of the Bangemann Group report on the global information society. It will begin with a round table of representatives from industry from the Member States, the USA, and Japan. The relevant ministers will also participate in the round table.

Three sessions will be held on:

- The development of the information infrastructure and cooperation between countries;
- The need for a regulatory framework compatible with the spirit of competitiveness, but guaranteeing the protection of property rights and personal privacy;
- The consequences of the information society not only on the economy and employment, but also on society and life style.

As a visual complement to the G7 ministerial meeting on the information society, the showcase will demonstrate how the information society is improving life for millions of people around the world and how future development will deliver even more benefits.

The Commission, in close collaboration with the G7 member states, has selected more than 100 projects submitted by companies and organizations from around the world. These projects will be staged according to scenarios taken from daily life such as the home and the work environment, and will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the potential for the information society.

The showcase will be divided into three areas:

- The information zone;
- Levers of change: information society tools such as smart cards, mobile communications and interactive CD will be demonstrated;
- Citizens of change: relating the information society to different aspects of daily life - home, office, factory, transport, healthcare and education.

A European Commission spokesman added:

"We are delighted, as hosts of the G7 meeting, to present a fascinating glimpse into the ways in which the world is changing through the imaginative use of existing and new technologies. We are sure that the showcase will contribute to the information society's role in building relationships between nations, breaking down barriers to understanding, and broadening opportunities for change and improvement. The interest and support shown by participating companies and organizations will make this a remarkable event."

Against this background, the Commission launched the Information Society Project Office (ISPO) initiative, as part of the Commission's action plan on Europe's move towards the information society.

ISPO's main objectives are to help industry and users contact the Commission and make optimal use of the existing instruments and resources. It will also act as a broker in information and ideas for interested parties and to create awareness of the potential impact of the information society. ISPO will, in addition, address information society issues by providing a forum for the pooling of relevant solutions and will facilitate the launching of international cooperation actions.
For further information, please contact:

ISPO Secretariat
European Commission
Information Society Project Office
200 rue de la Loi (BU24 2/78)
B-1049 Brussels

Free-phone numbers:

Belgium: 080013891
Denmark: 80018888
France: 05917227
Germany: 0130821943
Ireland: 1800553224
Italy: 167876790
Luxembourg: 08002929
Netherlands: 060222086
Portugal: 0505329635
Spain: 900993290
United Kingdom: 0800962114

This service will be provided for the new Member States at the beginning of 1995. The free-phone service is not available for the moment in Greece.

Payphone +32-2-2968800/2968900
Fax +32-2-2994170/2994180
E-mail: ispo@ispo.cec.be
E-mail: 100137.370@compuserve.com
World-Wide Web:
http://www.echo.lu/eudocs/en/bangemann.html
http://www.echo.lu/eudocs/en/com-asc.html

Related articles