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Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly - 21/03/2011

Weekly Issue - 21 March 2011

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Commission refers France and Spain to Court over 'telecoms taxes'

(14 March 2011) The European Commission today decided to refer France and Spain to the EU's Court of Justice because they continue to impose specific charges on the turnover of telecoms operators in breach of EU law. In both France and Spain, these charges were introduced when they decided to end paid advertising on public television. The Commission considers the 'telecoms taxes' in France and Spain to be incompatible with EU telecoms rules, which require specific charges on telecoms operators to be directly related to covering the costs of regulating the telecoms sector. The Commission requested the French and Spanish authorities in October 2010 to put an end to these 'telecoms taxes, but they are still in place. The Commission has also opened an infringement case against Hungary concerning another such 'telecoms tax'.

Commission opens infringement procedure against Hungary over 'telecoms tax'

(14 March 2011) The European Commission today decided to send a request for information to Hungary over the new "special tax" imposed on the telecom sector to boost its tax revenues. Hungary introduced special charges for telecoms operators in October 2010. The Commission has concerns that this tax is incompatible with EU telecoms rules, which require specific charges on telecoms operators to be directly related to covering the costs of regulating the telecoms sector. Hungary has two months to reply to the request, which takes the form of a so-called 'letter of formal notice, the first stage of EU infringement procedures. The Commission has just decided to refer France and Spain to the EU Court of Justice concerning similar 'telecoms taxes'.

Commission requests Hungary and Spain to ensure availability of GSM frequencies for new mobile services

(14 March 2011) The European Commission today formally requested Hungary and Spain to comply in full with the EU's updated GSM Directive by ensuring that the 900 MHz frequency band can be used for faster mobile services such as mobile internet. Opening this radio spectrum band to more advanced access technologies like Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is an important part of efforts to promote more rapid and widespread roll-out of wireless broadband services. The Directive is therefore an important element in meeting the objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe to give every European access to basic broadband by 2013. Member States agreed to implement the amended GSM Directive into national law by 9 May 2010. The requests to Hungary and Spain are in the form of reasoned opinions under EU infringement procedures. If Hungary and/or Spain failed to inform the Commission of measures taken to comply with their obligations under the amended GSM within two months, the Commission could decide to refer them to the Court of Justice and request the Court to impose financial penalties.

Caller location information for emergency 112 calls now available in Italy; Commission closes infringement case

(14 March 2011) Today the European Commission closed a longstanding case against Italy as the country has met its obligations under EU telecoms rules to ensure that the location of callers dialling Europe's single emergency number, 112 is made available automatically to emergency services. The Commission opened an infringement case against Italy in 2006. Following a judgement by the EU's Court of Justice in 2009, the Italian authorities made significant efforts and implemented a nationwide caller location system in 2010. This action means that the Commission can now close the infringement case.

Bundling and multi-play: Does it require a new regulatory paradigm?

30 May 2011 - 31 May 2011 Brussels, Belgium

Electronic communications and audio-visual services are increasingly offered and purchased as packages ("multi-play bundles"). This trend has major implications for competition and consumer welfare and sparkles new controversies about the appropriate regulatory paradigm. The conference will address the competitive dynamics in multi-play bundles in Europe and provide a forum for discussing the appropriate regulatory approaches.

ePIC 2011 - 9th International ePortfolio and Identity Conference

11 July 2011 - 13 July 2011 London, United Kingdom

An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Should everybody have an ePortfolio? How do ePortfolios contribute to the identity construction process? How do ePortfolios support the acquisition of 21st century skills? How do ePortfolios support lifelong learning, orientation and employability? Why are ePortfolios mostly still non-interoperable? At this event, policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists will address these issues. ePortfolios in healthcare will be a major theme. A call for papers on this topic has been launched (deadline 31 March).

Ageing and dependency: which economic model should we opt for?

12 April 2011 Limoges, France

This conference will focus on projects and policies initiated in Limousin, a French region leading an active policy towards ageing population. The conference will start with an overview of regional innovative strategies for elderly people (health services, self-health management). The conference seeks to find answers to questions such as: Does the current economic model effectively respond to elderly people's needs? Should we instead think of another economic model?


ICT Proposers Day 2011 - Networking for European ICT Research and Development

19 May 2011 - 20 May 2011 Budapest, Hungary

The event will offer a networking platform to build partnerships in order to participate in the new ICT calls 8 and 9 of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D. It will feature thematic sessions on the ICT research Work Programme 2011-12 with presentations of proposal ideas, meeting points animated by Commission officials and information stands. On-line networking features are available on the event's website. These allow participants to submit or browse presentations, technology demands and offers, and to network with other proposers. Registration for the event is now open and is free of charge.


ICT 2011 Proposers' Day - Budapest, 19-20 May


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