European Parliament Votes in Favor of eContentplus Program

Feb 01, 2005

The European Parliament has voted with only one amendment in favor of the eContentplus program, which will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU. The amendment, which is the result of a compromise with the Council, sets the budget of the program at 149M EUR for the period 2005-2008. eContentplus will tackle the fragmentation of the European digital content market and intends to improve the accessibility and usability of geographical information, cultural content, and educational material. The new program will concentrate on those parts of the digital content market where there is clear fragmentation in Europe, and where market forces alone so far have been insufficient to drive growth. It targets three domains: spatial (or geographical) data, educational material, and cultural content. The eContentplus program is part of a broader set of measures to improve the conditions for innovation and creativity in the converging content market, including the MEDIAplus program, and the modernization of the Television Without Frontiers Directive, due later this year.