In order to face the challenges of global competitors and boost the growth potential of Europe's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, hardware and software products, systems and networks need to work smoothly together.
Twenty six software companies based in Europe or with major European subsidiaries have set up a new association to boost their industry and to represent it better on such issues as intellectual property rights.
This paper summarises the overall situation of ICT in the new Member States from a global perspective. It shows that significant progress has been made towards the implementation of the Knowledge-based society.
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Mella Frewen, Director General of FoodDrinkEurope
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