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Trans-European telecommunications networks projects approved

The European Commission has approved 11 commercial validation projects in the telecommunications sector, which will receive a total of ECU 18.1 million in Community funding as part of the trans-European telecommunications networks. The projects have been selected following the...
The European Commission has approved 11 commercial validation projects in the telecommunications sector, which will receive a total of ECU 18.1 million in Community funding as part of the trans-European telecommunications networks. The projects have been selected following the call for proposals launched on 15 April 1996 (OJ No C 107 of 13.4.1996, p. 12).

The trans-European telecommunications networks differ from the transport and energy networks in that the bottlenecks are not due to missing infrastructure, but to non-availability of applications and services matching the needs of citizens and smaller enterprises. Community funding for projects is designed to reduce the financial risk involved in developing innovative applications and services of public interest.

The 11 projects selected for 1996 are all based on the Euro-ISDN guidelines which were adopted on 9 November 1995, since the guidelines for the trans-European telecommunications networks have not yet been adopted. Their adoption is expected by the end of 1996 or in early 1997.

The projects selected, together with the sector, are as follows:

- TELEPOLIS: electronic commerce for SMEs;
- INFOCITIES: city information;
- MEDSALUS: health care;
- MOSAIC: cultural heritage;
- DCC: cultural heritage;
- GTS: generic tele-services;
- NO PROBLEM: generic tele-services;
- TAGIS: generic tele-services;
- PADEIA: education and training;
- TEN-TREND: telework and new work methods;
- DYP: electronic commerce for SMEs (This project has been selected provisionally, since its implementation depends on the availability of additional financial resources).
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