The Czech Republic presides over the meetings of EU-27 between January and June 2009. Read more of the Czech's EU presidency.
In the first half of 2009, the e-IRG workshop and meetings are organised in the Czech Republic. The local host organisation is CESNET.
CESNET z. s. p. o.
160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
Calendar of events during the Czech presidency:
- 4th EGEE User Forum / OGF25, Catania (IT), 2-6 March, 2009
- e-IRG workshop, Prague (CZ), 14-15 May, 2009
- e-IRG meeting: Prague (CZ), 15 May, 2009
- e-IRG meeting: Prague (CZ),17 June, 2009
- ISC09 event, Hamburg (DE), 23-26 June, 2009
The Czech Presidency’s main priorities in Telecommunications area
In the highly changeable world of the 21st century, it is becoming clear that the European Union’s success depends upon it having the ability to flexibly respond to current problems, and to take full advantage of its economic, cultural and human potential. With this in mind, from the very outset of its preparations, the Czech Republic chose ‘Europe without Barriers’ as the symbolic motto of its Presidency: a Europe without internal economic, cultural and value barriers for individuals, entrepreneurs and economic entities; a Europe open to the world, but not defenceless against illegal activities and attacks.
The Czech Presidency’s main priorities in Telecommunications area are:
In accordance with the idea of a Europe without barriers, the Presidency will focus on overcoming barriers by means of information and communication technologies. The Presidency will continue the work on the inclusion into the information society (e-Inclusion), including the issue of accessibility of information and communication technologies to persons with disabilities and seniors (e-Accessibility). The Presidency will support all activities aimed at one of the objectives of the i2010 Action Plan – to secure the possibility for all citizens to use the services of easily accessible electronic public administration (e-Government) by 2010. The Presidency also views the issue of social inclusion in the global context, in particular with respect to developing countries. The Presidency will also support the Safer Internet Plus programme and will promote raising public awareness of illegal and harmful content on the Internet.
Review of the Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications Networks and Services
Concerning the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, the Czech Presidency will build on its active cooperation with the French Presidency. The Presidency will seek a compromise between the Council and the European Parliament over the Telecommunications Package concluding the related legislative process during the Presidency.
Review of the GSM Directive and of the Roaming Regulation
The Presidency will strive for the approval of the proposed amendment to the GSM Directive from November 2008. The amended and simplified directive should enable a more effective use of the spectrum and the introduction of new services with a positive economic effect. In 2009, discussions will continue on the Commission’s proposal of October 2008 for a review of the Roaming Regulation. The Czech Presidency will build on these discussions with the aim of reaching a compromise and adopting the proposal during the first half of 2009.
(See Work Programme of the Czech Presidency, http://www.eu2009.cz/en/czech-presidency/programme-and-priorities/programme-and-priorities-479/ , page 11)
Research Infrastructures and the Regional Dimension of ERA
24. – 25. March 2009, Prague, Prague Congress Center
The conference website: http://ric2009.eu