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5.2.1999

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Official Journal of the European Communities

C 31/47

The guidelines will be based − among other things − on the continuing evaluations of the different initiatives financed by the structural funds and of the mid-term review of structural interventions. For example, the current evaluation of the structural funds’ impact on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will provide elements concerning the typology of information society − related expenditure. This will help to focus the orientations and future action of the Commission in supporting SMEs to fully integrate information and communication technologies.

Similarly, the evaluation of the IRISI programmes − the information society regional strategies developed by the six regions precursors of the current RISI pilot projects on the basis of Article 10 of the current ERDF Regulation − is giving important insights concerning the regional perception of the information society and the institutional and procedural problems arising from investments of an intangible nature such as those associated with the information society.

Furthermore, as a follow-up to the communication ‘Living and working in the information society − people first’, the Commission is examining issues related to changes in the organisation of work − following among other things the diffusion of information and communication technologies − in order to extract examples of best practices.

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COM(98) 131 final.

(1999/C 31/062)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-1500/98

by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna (PPE) to the Commission

(13 May 1998)

Subject: The information society and social and economic cohesion

In her appearance before Parliament’s Committee on Regional Policy on 23 January 1997 in connection with the presentation of the Commission Communication on cohesion and the information society (COM(97) 7 final of

22 January 1997), Mrs Mathies, Commissioner, mentioned that budget resources under Article 10 of the ERDF

had been made available to a certain number of regions with a view to the drawing up of a strategy and an action programme for transition to the information society.

Could the Commission provide information regarding all the projects relating to the information society which have so far been co-financed by the Commission under Article 10 of the ERDF and also those which will be co- financed between now and the end of the current planning period, specifying the regions concerned, the total cost of implementation and the extent of Community co-financing?

(1999/C 31/063)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-1502/98

by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna (PPE) to the Commission

(13 May 1998)

Subject: The information society and social and economic cohesion

In her appearance before Parliament’s Committee on Regional Policy on 23 January 1997 in connection with the presentation of the Commission Communication on cohesion and the information society (COM(97) 7 final of

22 January 1997), Mrs Mathies, Commissioner, mentioned that ten information society projects would be

financed under interregional cooperation.

Could the Commission provide information regarding all the projects relating to the information society which have so far been co-financed by the Commission under the Community initiatives and also those which will be co-financed between now and the end of the current planning period, specifying the regions concerned, the total cost of implementation and the extent of Community co-financing?