i2010 information society conference brings experts and visionaries to Finland

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 4.8.2006 15.52
Press release
European decision-makers and leading experts will convene in Finland in September to discuss the challenges of the information society.

The theme of the two-day conference connected to Finland's EU Presidency and the EU's i2010 information society programme is "Towards a Ubiquitous European Information Society". The conference will start on 27 September in Helsinki and the high-level seminar will be held in the Dipoli conference centre in Espoo on 28 September.

The conference will be hosted by Ms Susanna Huovinen, Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications. Ms Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, will address the conference. Some 300 decision-makers and leading experts from EU member states and other European countries are expected to participate.

The conference will examine the opportunities and challenges that new information and communications technology brings to decision-makers in society, to businesses, communities and individuals. The conference will also have three mini-seminars that will focus on information security, the intelligent car and intelligent transport systems, and consumer issues. The aim is to use the outcome of the conference as one of the bases for the discussions at the informal European Council meeting in Lahti in October, where the focus will be on the competitiveness and innovativeness of the European Union.

Keynote speakers at the seminar will include distinguished company chairmen from Europe and Japan.

The conference is being organised by Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Network and Information Security Agency, ENISA.

For further information please contact:

Ms Kristiina Pietikäinen, Deputy Director-General of the Communications Department, tel. +358 9 160 28676 (from 21 August)
Ms Jaana Beversdorf, Chief Information Officer, tel. +358 9 160 28334, +358 40 527 2599