Euro-Parliamentarians Create e-Policy Think Tank
While the initiative has the support and involvement of the European Commission, it will remain independent of the commission or other public funding. A full-time secretariat will be established during the course of this year.
The foundation's goals - which are to identify emerging policy priorities and help frame policy options - will be pursued through live debates, briefings, and special projects focusing on issues such as e-democracy, the new economy and social change. The group, however, will not take positions on specific issues.
The foundation also launched a Web site yesterday (www.EIFonline.org.), which allows members to propose their own priorities and build wider participation in the network society policy debate.
Start-up financial support comes from some of Europe's leading e-companies. But membership will be open to any enterprise or interest group on a progressive fee basis.
The foundation currently benefits from relationships with the Transatlantic Policy Network, which will serve as the foundation's political bridge for the growing E.U./U.S. e-policy debate; the Global Business Dialogue and the Global Cities Dialogue.