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Mr. Bangemann's priorities for the second semester of 1995

Mr. Martin Bangemann, Commissioner responsible for industry, telecommunications and the Information Society, in setting out his priorities for the second semester of 1995, noted a number of actions planned for November/December 1995.

In November 1995, the Council is expected ...
Mr. Martin Bangemann, Commissioner responsible for industry, telecommunications and the Information Society, in setting out his priorities for the second semester of 1995, noted a number of actions planned for November/December 1995.

In November 1995, the Council is expected to decide on the Action Plan on Industrial Competitiveness aimed at promoting a "knowledge-based economy" and a "learning society" and at enabling the Commission to go further in the efforts to liberalize and deregulate industrial markets.

In addition, a number of meetings, to be held in November 1995, should contribute to the reinforcement of industrial cooperation with third countries. These include:

- The Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference in Barcelona at which the allocation of the ECU 4.7 million earmarked for cooperation actions in the fields of industry and the Information Society should be determined;
- A conference of high-level industrialists to launch the EU-US Transatlantic Business Dialogue;
- An EU-Japan Round Table meeting expected to recommend measures which could foster industrial cooperation and economic growth in the EU and Japan.

Also in November, the Commission should adopt two communications in the following areas:

- A Communication describing the state of play of pilot projects and concrete applications and the development of trans-European telecommunication networks which are of interest to the quality of life of the general public;
- A Communication on the impact of the Information Society on individual sectors of manufacturing and service industries.

In December 1995, a global workshop on the use of standards in European industry will be organized in close cooperation with the World Standard Organizations (ISO, IEC, and ITO) and an analysis of the use of standards in European industry will be published. The workshop is aimed at facilitating European industries' participation in the technical development of this area.

During December, the Commission is expected to review current policies, particularly in the field of trade and custom duties, with a view to helping industry overcome defensive attitudes through dynamic export strategies. It will also be considering measures to fight fraud and improve the protection of European companies' industrial property and trade marks inside and outside the European Union.

In addition, the Commission shall adopt a Decision on personal satellite communications and proposals on mutual recognition of type approval for terminals and on open access to telecommunications networks and services.
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