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The multi-annual Community programme MODINIS was adopted on 17th November 2003 for the period 2003 to 2005, by the common decision of the Council and the European Parliament . The programme provides financial support for the implementation of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. In this context it sets four generic objectives:

  1. to monitor performance of and within Member States and to compare it with the best in the world by using, where possible, official statistics;
  2. to support efforts made by Members States in the framework of eEurope, at national, regional or local level, by analysis of eEurope good practices and by the complementary interaction of developing mechanisms of exchange of experiences;
  3. to analyse the economic and societal consequences of the Information Society with a view to facilitating policy discussions particularly in terms of industrial competitiveness and cohesion as well as in terms of social inclusion; to provide the eEurope Steering Group with the necessary information for it to be able to assess the appropriate strategic direction of the eEurope 2005 Action plan;
  4. to prepare for the establishment of the future structure at European level for network and information security issues, as envisaged by the Council Resolution of 28 January 2002 and in the eEurope 2005 Action plan, with a view to improving network and information security.

The Decision on MODINIS in Article 2 provides detailed guidance on how these objectives should be achieved (data collection and benchmarking analysis, studies to identify good practices, conferences, seminars and workshops). In implementing these activities, the Commission’s services shall use the appropriate and relevant means in line with the implementation of the financial regulation applicable to the EU budget.

This Work Programme also covers activities postponed from 2003 to 2004 because of the late adoption of the programme by the Council and the European Parliament. The Work Programme has a budget of €12,8m out of €22,4m which is estimated to be effectively the total financial resources of the programme. This amount corresponds to the budget of the first two years of execution of the programme.