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Central/Eastern Europe: Information Technology Improving

Brussels, 13 October 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The European Commission (EC) says that the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are improving in their ability to use information technology.

The EC and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) conducted the third of a series of Forums on the Information Society in Brussels last week. The EC made public today its report on the latest forum's findings. It said that countries hoping to join the European Union will need a competitive information technology strategy.

The CEEC have succeeded in raising public awareness of information technology and in applying it to public administration and services, the report said. Work is needed, the report said, in education and training, and in applying communication technology to what the report called "transparency in government."