Monday 22 November 10:45-12:15 room C1

The IST 99 conference, “Exploring the Information Society” is the conference in Europe of the information society community. It is a unique meeting place for business people, researchers, and politicians from all over the world.

IST 99 opens a window on the future of the information society in terms of technologies and applications, the legal and regulatory framework, visionary scenarios of how people will live in the future, emerging job opportunities, how business will be competitive, and how governments will serve citizens. It addresses the relationships between all these elements and how they can support each other.

Realising the information society for the benefit of all requires involvement and dialogue of all key players and joint action, balancing vision and realism. Participating to the IST 99 conference offers the opportunity to jointly explore visions and actions, based on the most recent insights and innovative developments, and to build new partnerships to realise the information society of the 21st century.

The opening session will set the tone for the conference. High level speakers from the public and private sector are invited to present their visions on the shape of our future society, and recommend actions to take, both as Europeans and with partners world-wide.


  • Martti Mäenpää (FI), Director General National Technology Agency Tekes, Finland: A Flying Start for Europe in the Digital Era (.doc, 24kb)
  • Erika Mann, Member of the European Parliament
  • Erkki Tuomioja (FI), Minister of Trade and Industry, Finland: Why we use ICT – the Challenge for European Companies (.rtf, 13kb)
  • Jorma Ollila (FI), Chairman of the Board and CEO, Nokia
  • Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission for Enterprise and Information Society: Europe in the Information Age - Accelerating the Transition (.doc, 33kb) (.ppt, 30kb)
  • Conference Announcements: Guy Hoeberechts, Event Manager, European Commission, Information Society Directorate General

Martti Mäenpää, Dr Tech, since 1995 Director General of the Finnish National Technology Agency, Tekes, was born in 1950. He was industrial counsellor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 91-95, and Vice-President of Metra Corp. from 1983-1991, and researcher at the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT and Caltech. He is a member of the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland, and board member of VTT and of the Finnish Foreign Trade Association. He also served on the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and was member and chair of the National Space Committee.

Erika Mann is since 1994 Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Party of European Socialists. She is a Member of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (INDU), where her priorities include the New Transatlantic Agenda, the World Trade Organisation, information society, electronic commerce, telecommunications, industrial and SME policies. She is also a Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and a Substitute Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation. Other commitments include the chair of the Transatlantic Policy Network and member. Erika Mann holds a degree in educational science / adult training and philosophy.

Erkki Tuomioja is Minister of Trade and Industry since 1999. He is Member of Parliament for the Social-Democratic Party and has been Vice-Chairman of the SDP parliamentary group from 1991-96 and Chairman from 1996-99. He was Chairman of the Grand (Europan Affairs) Committee 1995-99; Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 1970-79 and 91-99. Erkki Tuomioja worked as a journalist before being elected to parliament. He was Deputy Mayor in Helsinki from 1979-91. He is Ph.D. in political science, B.Sc. in economics and holds a lectureship in political history in the University of Helsinki and is author of 18 books.

Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Nokia, was born on August 15, 1950 in Seinäjoki, Finland.  He earned a Master of Political Science degree in 1976 from the University of Helsinki, a Master of Science (Econ.) degree in 1978 from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Science (Eng.) degree in 1981 from the Helsinki University of Technology. In 1995 the University of Helsinki awarded Jorma Ollila a Ph.D. (Pol.Sc.) h.c. degree and in 1998 the Helsinki University of Technology awarded him a D.Sc. (Tech.) h.c. degree.

Erkki Antero Liikanen, born 19 September 1950,  has been Member of the European Commission since 1995, first as Commissioner for budget, personnel and administration, translation and in house computer services, and since September 1999 as Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society. He holds a master degree in political science (political economy) from the University of Helsinki. From 1990-94 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of Finnish Mission to the European Union. From 1987-90 he was Minister of Finance in Finland. He has also been Secretary-General of the Social-Democratic Party, Parliamentary Commissioner to the Bank of Finland, Member of Parliament, Member and Chairman of Supervisory Board of Outokumpu, Member of Nordic Council, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Regional Policy Council and Member of Mikkeli Town Council.


Paul Timmers (Paul.Timmers@cec.eu.int)

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