The Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee adopted on 23 January 2003 the report by Imelda Read on the multi-annual Modinis programme to monitor eEurope and network security.
The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee adopted the report by rapporteurImelda Read(PES-UK) on 23 January 2003. It introduced several amendments to the original Commission proposal underlining that:
- more attention should be given to the unbalanced benefits from ICT developments within the EU: implementation of the Modinis programme should not lead to a widening of the gap between poor and prosperous regions;
- clearer indications should be given to the fight against the digital divide and the exclusion of certain groups in society (women, disabled people, elderly people, unemployed);
- future EU Member States should be better included in the programme; they should endorse the Action Plan eEurope Plus;
- the “cyber security task force” foreseen in the eEurope 2005 Action Plan should be launched rapidly;
- the proposed budget of 25 million euro should be maintained (the Member States indicated during the Telecoms Council on 5 December 2002 that they only want to free 20 million euro for the Programme.