Franz Nahrada /
Beitrag Breitbandkonferenz Bruessel
Dear Mr. Nahrada,
The European Commission is organising the conference "Bridging the Broadband Gap: Benefits of broadband for rural areas and less developed regions", which will take place on 14th and 15th of May 2007 in Brussels, Belgium. The event will investigate how increasing access to affordable broadband services and the strategic use of ICT can support regional and local development, ease infrastructure and geographical handicaps and make these areas more attractive to business and individuals alike.
The European Commission would like to invite you to address the plenary "Connecting Europe: challenges ahead for territorial cohesion and rural development" on May 14 and make a presentation on A radical vision of the European advantage: villages and small towns.
The event, which foresees the participation of Commissioners Reding (Information Society & Media), Fischer Boels (Agriculture and Rural Development), Hübner (Regional Policy) and Kroes (Competition) represents a unique opportunity to bring together for the first time very different communities from different background and areas of responsibility. Its aim is to increase the synergy among the policy domains of information society, regional policy, rural development and state aid legislation, and to initiate a process of exchange of good practices from across the EU.
Next to the Conference sessions, the event incorporates an exhibition of broadband projects that constitute good practice. Selection of the projects is taking place through a call for broadband projects currently open at our website: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/events/broadband_gap_2007/index_en.htm . Projects taking part to the exhibition will be evaluated by the conference participants. The first three projects with the highest score will be announced at the conference as the best European broadband projects for 2007...only projects that have been financed either through full public funding or public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be considered..
1. The proposition of this speech is that the European natural and cultural heritage consisting of landscapes, villages and small towns is the main factor that puts Europe in the most favorable position among all continents.
2. The beauty and sustainability of this European advantage is rooted in 2 main factors:
4. Major technological, economical and political trends are not only the roots but continue to support those new developments. The rural systems of fractal relations between landscapes, villages and small towns is apt to assimilate the imminent changes in the best possible way: