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Study on social and economic cohesion in a European information society

The European Commission has published an open call for tender for a study assessing the social and economic cohesion aspects of the development of an information society in Europe.

The aim of the study is to contribute to the establishment of a common approach integrating trans-European telecommunication networks and services with regional policies, and the cohesion implications of the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment.

The study will establish sound groundwork integrating telecommunications and information infrastructure issues in the context of social and economic cohesion. The conclusions and recommendations produced could be used by the Commission to target its proposals for Structural Funds' application and EC telecommunications policy directions.

The study will be conducted in three phases. In the first stage, it has to draw an accurate picture of the regional landscape as regards the structure and usage of existing telematics infrastructure and services. It will draw special attention to the advanced services, while studying the possible impact of the existing gap on:

- The creation of social and economic imbalances between less-favoured regions and core regions;
- Barriers to the penetration of services linked to trans-European networks in the regions.

Secondly, the study should identify possible ways to advance regional development and compensate for peripherality by the identification of the enabling infrastructure and services, either by extending and improving current telematics facilities or by establishing new ones.

Finally, the study should set up a series of recommendations identifying specific actions in this area, as well as the mechanisms for implementation of the identified actions. In addition, a thorough review of the regional implications of the current and forthcoming regulatory changes should be conducted, together with a series of recommendations in this area.

An information day will take place on 29 July 1994, from 9.30 to 13.00, at:

European Commission
73 rue Archimede
B-1049 Brussels
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