The European Commission's IST
Programme Key Action II (New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce)
annual conference, eBusiness and eWork (e2002), kicks-off tomorrow
in Prague. This is the first time that the conference has been
held outside a European Union Member State.
On the agenda are the needs
of Newly Associated States (NAS). There will be a special session
on barriers and opportunities for SMEs in NAS.
A number of presentations are
also being made from speakers from Eastern European countries.
Irina Záliascaronová, of the BMI Association in
the Czech Republic will speak on the subject of Czech SMEs going
digital. Leonid Novitski, from Riga Technical University, Lithuania,
will address the conference on the subject of applications of
advanced IT-solutions in the Baltic port areas of NAS states.
Cornel Resteanu, from Romania, will speak about goods and services
acquisition system by electronic auction, Roumen Nokolov, Sofia
University, Bulgaria will talk about a number of case studies
of teleworking solutions for Bulgarian SME's, and Boyan Bontchev,
also from Sofia University, will speak about web portals for
professional financial services. From Poland, Marciej Witczyski,
Silesian University of Technology, will speak on the subject
of virtual organisations enabling net-based engineering, whilst
Anna Badziak of The Polish Post, will consider eBusiness and
eWork to improve the quality of service in pre-accession posts.
There will also be conference
speeches from people within the European Union who are working
closing with the NAS. Jean-Pierre Euzen, from The European Commission,
will speak about barriers and opportunities in NAS, and Athanase
Contargyris, from Dialogos, Greece, will talk about the identification
of co-operation opportunities between EU and NAS
The eBusiness and eWork events
are the conferences for RTD projects in Key Action II of the
IST Programme. Key Action II of the IST Programme is also the
primary sponsor of the eBusiness and eWork conference series.
The major sponsors of e2002 are Canon Europe, InternetOnline,
and the Technology Centre (Czech Republic).