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IRIS 2003-1:5/9

European Commission

Proposed New Programme for Monitoring of eEurope

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Tarlach McGonagle

Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a Decision by the Council of the European Union on the adoption of a multi-annual programme (2003-2005) for the monitoring of the Action Plan, "eEurope 2005: An information society for all" (see IRIS 2002-7:4), in regard to the dissemination of good practices and the improvement of network and information security.

The programme, if adopted, would have as its main goals the monitoring of the performance of and within Member States in this regard, both in their own right and also in comparison with other best examples from the rest of the world, and in accordance with the relevant findings, the elaboration of suitable policies. The programme's aims would also include facilitating initiatives and structures designed to further the exchange of best practices. Envisaged too are analyses of the Information Society from socio-economic perspectives, in particular in terms of industrial competitiveness and social cohesion. Another objective would be "to enhance national and European efforts for improving network and information security and to foster the development of broadband rollout."

It is envisaged that these objectives would be realised through, inter alia, data collection and analysis on the basis of a new set of benchmarking indicators, including at the regional level, if deemed appropriate. Other strategies would involve commissioning studies to identify good practices and providing financial support for pertinent other initiatives, such as organising specialised gatherings and conferences and carrying out surveys and structured information-exchange. The proposed budget for the multi-annual programme would be EUR 25 million, according to draft Article 4 of the proposed Council Decision.

Proposal for a Council Decision adopting a multi-annual programme (2003-2005) for the monitoring of eEurope, dissemination of good practices and the improvement of network and information security (Modinis) (presented by the Commission), COM (2002) 425 final - 2002/0187(CNS), Official Journal of the European Communities C 291 E/243, 26 November 2002 EN