Editors-in-chief of newspapers and magazines to discuss the future of the print media with Commissioner Viviane Reding
How will the print media evolve in times of increasing Internet use, enhanced cross-media competition, the emergence of “publications for free” and an apparent reduction of interest of the younger generation in newspapers and magazines? These topics were on the agenda of a high-level-meeting in Brussels on 23 October between Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and the editors-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), La Stampa (Italy), Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg), Polityka (Poland), Diario de Noticias and Expresso (Portugal) and The Times (United Kingdom). Following a first meeting in autumn 2005, this is now the second time such a high-level dialogue between the written press and the European Commission is taking place.
What challenges for the publishing industry in the digital age? European Commission opens public consultation
The Council held an exchange of views on the proposal for a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) (CIP). It asked the Permanent Representatives Committee to continue its detailed examination of the proposal and to report back to it on the state of play at a forthcoming meeting.
This proposal for a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme brings together existing specific programmes into a three pillar framework and also introduces new measures. The Commission proposes a total financial allocation of more than EUR 4 billion for the 2007-2013 period.
The three specific programmes covered by this Programme are the following:
1) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme: This covers the multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship and some elements of the LIFE Programme for the environment. It also covers some measures hitherto carried out under previous framework research programmes.
2) ICT Policy Support Programme: This pillar will continue to cover the objectives of the eTen, Modonis and eContent programmes, in accordance with the new i2000 strategy (European Information Society 2010) to be announced in 2005.
3) Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme: This programme aims to support the development of environmental technologies, particularly in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
eContentplus has the overall aim of making digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. The 4-year programme (2005-08), will have a budget of