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Association of Regional Information Society Initiatives

On 30 January 1997, 24 European regions, meeting in Brussels, agreed to create a European "Association of Regional Information Society Initiatives". The European Commission has welcomed this initiative and will support the new association.

Europe is faced with the great task ...
On 30 January 1997, 24 European regions, meeting in Brussels, agreed to create a European "Association of Regional Information Society Initiatives". The European Commission has welcomed this initiative and will support the new association.

Europe is faced with the great task of shaping the Information Society in a sustainable fashion. This development brings new challenges to the regions of Europe which they will only master if they seek and practice new forms of cooperation.

Realizing this, and strongly committed to the development of the Information Society at the regional and European levels, the 24 regions concerned have joined together to create this new association. The principal objectives of the Association are:

- To shape ways to promote sustainable economic, social and cultural development of member regions in the forthcoming Information Society;
- To create a common platform for the exchange of experience, know-how and projects among the regions.

The majority of regions who have declared their interest in joining the association are already supported by the Commission either through Structural Funds (Art.10 of the ERDF, Art.6 of the ESF) or already engaged in the IRISI pre-pilot action (Inter-Regional Information Society Initiative, Art.10 ERDF).

Membership of the association is open to other European regions interested in working together on the development of a programme of concrete actions. The association will shortly be established under Belgian Law and is expected to become operational in the very near future. A list of the regions involved is given in the text field of this article.
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