IT experts are pressing the UK government to pull its finger out and offer more help with issues surrounding the euro.
The news, which includes calls for a euro taskforce, comes amid delays to the government's eagerly anticipated National Changeover Plan, which is now expected to be unveiled later this month.
But exactly what the government should do, how independent any taskforce should be and whether funding should be from public or private sector, is in dispute.
Parliamentary-industry IT lobby group Eurim met last week to draw together recommendations to government to broaden the limited help on offer from the Treasury's Euro Preparation Unit.
Eurim general secretary Philip Virgo is set to push the government to co-ordinate an ongoing monitoring exercise to enable all British firms to benefit from the experience of bigger companies leading the way in euro conversion.
"In a sense it is some kind of taskforce. It has probably got to get major organisations involved, like SAP, IBM, EDS and KPMG, to agree to report their experiences," said Virgo.
SAP's senior marketing consultant, Andrew Munday, said: "I'd strongly support such an initiative. With Emu coming up the agenda we really need to look very carefully at how we're going to develop the awareness out in the marketplace."
A Treasury spokesman said the government is already taking "appropriate" action, with a ministerial group set up and the Chancellor chairing a standing committee on euro preparation.
Government departments are already moving to assist business, for example paying grants in euros. Besides preparing the National Changeover Plan, departments are looking back at how conversion was handled when the euro was launched last month.
Following last autumn's #4.5 million awareness campaign, the government is now talking with the European Commission about further funding. Whitehall has previously been slammed for failing to make more use of the fund and only applied for #21,000 for last year.
**For more euro news see VNU Newswire's special euro report starting Tuesday 9 February**
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