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MEPs create own e-policy think tank

Over 50 Members of the European Parliament have joined together to form a foundation to help formulate policies and legislation for the Internet in Europe.

The European Internet Foundation hopes to cooperate with other bodies, notably the European Commission, on issues arisin...
Over 50 Members of the European Parliament have joined together to form a foundation to help formulate policies and legislation for the Internet in Europe.

The European Internet Foundation hopes to cooperate with other bodies, notably the European Commission, on issues arising from the new information society technologies, in particular e-commerce.

They hope to bring the issues to a wider audience among EU citizens via their website http://www.eifonline.org.

The 'think-tank' forum will address how to deal with the emergence of a 'new economy' resulting from technological advances, identifying policy priorities and help framing policy options.

Founding members will meet in Brussels on 28 March 2000 to fix the programme around priority areas. Issue areas already tabled for consideration include ensuring personal privacy and security of communications, eliminating barriers to e-commerce, ensuring consumer rights and protection, business-to-business issues, access and use of the Internet in schools, and Internet governance.

Membership is open to all current MEPs, and the Foundation is part-financed by a number of leading European e-commerce companies.
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