The work of Directorate-General XIII currently encompasses the following main activities:

  • Telecommunications and postal services policy development, including liberalisation and regulation aspects, interconnection and interoperability of networks and services, universal services and communication security.
  • Research and development programmes (advanced communications and telematics applications), and support for the exploitation of results.
  • Supporting the establishment of a European single market in electronic information creation, retrieval and storage.

Following the launch of the European Commission's White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness, Employment in December 1993, the focus of DG XIII's work will be on supporting the development of European information highways. This will mean the continued active promotion of trans-European interconnected advanced communication networks, general electronic services (such as e-mail), and telematics applications.


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