Telecomms liberalisation must be speedily and completely implemented and expanded to other parts of the world if the Information Society is to take off, a gathering of European Ministers was told in Bonn today.
European Commissioner Martin Bangemann opened the two-day conference, entitled Global Information Networks, by calling for fast implementation of EC and World Trade Organisation agreements on telecomms liberalisation to enable progress in price reduction, competition and new services.
The main purpose of the conference is to debate issues surrounding the proposed regulatory framework for the Internet and electronic commerce. Bangemann said a framework needed to build confidence amongst businesses and consumers.
?For this to happen we need to work towards solutions to ensure confidentiality of transactions, or to avoid new or discriminating taxes,? he said.
He also backed data protection regulations, protection for children from undesirable content, and prevention of unlawful activities.
The remainder of the conference will consist of discussions around those issues with the intention of issuing a Ministerial Declaration of Intent.
Delegates from government and industry, will also be able to hear the US Secretary of Commerce outline the Framework for Electronic Commerce announced by US President Bill Clinton last week, which has yet to receive significant backing from Europe.
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