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Parliament CRTDE Committee draft opinion on the global information society

The European Parliament's Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy (CRTDE) has adopted a draft opinion on:

- The European Council recommendation on "Europe and the global information society";
- The Commission communication on "Europe's way to the informati...
The European Parliament's Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy (CRTDE) has adopted a draft opinion on:

- The European Council recommendation on "Europe and the global information society";
- The Commission communication on "Europe's way to the information society and action plan".

The draft opinion, prepared at the request of the Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy (EMAC), stresses the importance of innovation and the need for governments and industry to join forces to speed up the development of the information sector in Europe.

In particular, the opinion underlines the need to respond to the challenge of the information society by developing a liberalized infrastructure, dismantling monopolies, abolishing obstructive national rules, and introducing new rules to structure the information society. Prompt measures are needed to tackle legal and regulatory problems concerning digital information, such as security, standardization and the protection of privacy.

The Committee draws attention to the role of the Fourth Framework Programme of RTD activities (1994-1998) in launching and disseminating new technological applications. In particular, the three specific programmes on Information Technologies, Telematics Applications, and Advanced Communications Technologies and Services could contribute towards the development of these applications.

The Committee feels that a debate should be held on the criteria for participation by European researchers in the specific programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme, in view of the growing integration of large European enterprises with American and Japanese enterprises in the field of information technologies. It also emphasizes the importance of creating conditions whereby SMEs could contribute to the development of the information society on a competitive basis, in particular by participating in the specific programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme.

The Committee would also like to see the Member States including in their national curricula instruction on the opportunities offered by the information society, to enable pupils to make an early start in familiarizing themselves with the information superhighway. Member States are also encouraged to set up special chairs at universities in order to monitor the substance of the information society.

Source: European Parliament Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy
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