SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission in March is due to launch an initiative designed to close the gap between an unskilled workforce and the EU’s growing demand for information and communications technology (ICT).
Almost half of European recruiters seek information on potential candidates using online social networks and almost a quarter have rejected candidacies on the basis of their research, according to a survey released for EU Data Protection Day.
EU and US leaders are meeting on 2 May 2002 in Washington to discuss terrorism, trade, and other topics of importance to both regions. This is the second Summit with the Bush Administration after the EU-US Summit in Göteborg in June 2001.
A survey done for the Commission concludes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial to business logistics. The impact would be less apparent in business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions, albeit still substantial, than in business-to-business (B2B).
The European Commission has closed an investigation into possible price-fixing for compact discs (CDs) after changes to business practices. The inquiry focused on allegations of retail price maintenance by the world's biggest music companies.
On 1 August the European Commission cleared 'Identrus', a global network for the authentication of electronic signatures. The clearing enables participating financial institutions to operate as individual and competing certification authorities for the purpose of securing e-commerce transactions using the Identrus infrastructure.
As of 19 July 2001 advanced electronic signatures have the same binding force as a handwritten one in the EU. Although not all Member States have yet fully implemented the directive, this means documents can be signed via electronic means and have the same legal consequences as a document signed with a traditional signature.
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