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30 September 2002

Trust and e-marketplaces to be addressed in Prague

An increasing number of Europeans are placing more trust in the Internet as a place where they can conduct transactions, according to recent research. Between the last quarter of 2001 and the first quarter of 2002, there was a 22 percent increase in the number of people shopping on-line.

However, a recently published report, prepared by the European Commission's Enterprise DG, found that the problems of trustworthiness may still be discouraging businesses from participating in e-marketplaces.

These revelations come in the run up to the European Commission's IST Programme Key Action II (New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce) annual conference, eBusiness and eWork (e2002), which this year is being held in Prague, October 16-18. Both business-to-business e-marketplaces and issues of trust are being discussed at this conference. The event provides an opportunity to learn about European funded research in these two important areas, and to increase understanding of new developments.

Given the increased transparency of prices, partly due to the Euro, the European Commission believes that e-marketplaces can boost the internal market by providing wider choice and ease of ordering across borders. The e2002 conference should help delegates access for themselves what progress is being made towards this objective and to understand the developments that are taking place that will help to ensure the wider acceptance of the Internet for both consumer and business transactions.

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).

For further information contact Paul Kidd. (Email: ). Web: