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  The e-Business W@tch is an initiative of the
European Commission
Enterprise Directorate General
E-business, ICT industries and services.

  The European e-business policies portal - a one-stop-shop, on-line environment for all European e-business initiatives.

  The eBusiness legal portal offers information on all legal aspects of e-business, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  eMarket Services: a guide to B2B e-markets, co-funded by the the EC / DG Enterprise.

A Sectoral e-Business Observatory
  • As the adoption of information technologies and the maturity of their application increases across sectors and regions, a new picture of the digital economy is beginning to emerge: IT and electronic business do matter - perhaps more than ever.

  • In 2003/04, the e-Business W@tch monitors the adoption of electronic business practices in 10 sectors of the European economy. The analysis is based on sound empirical research, including annual enterprise surveys in all countries of the enlarged European Union. Special emphasis is placed on the implications for SMEs.

  • Launched in 2002 as a market observatory, the e-Business W@tch has developed into a think-tank and intermediary, stimulating the debate of economic and policy implications of e-business among stakeholders on international level.

Latest news

Sectors and issues for 2005  

Decision on work-programme for 2005: new sectors, special issue studies.

EC Online Consultation on electronic procurement (16 September 2004)  
Public procurement: Commission has launched an online consultation on how Europe can make the most of electronic procurement
6th eBSN Workshop: Improving the availability of e-business solutions for SMEs
E-Business Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness (7 July 2004)
Are e-procurement schemes of large companies a threat for small suppliers?

Not really. It is just the method of placing and processing orders that changes.
Some small firms may have serious problems to comply with the technical requirements of their customers. But in total, SMEs will also benefit from more efficient processes.
I see problems ahead for small firms. Large companies will use e-procurement to drastically decrease the number of their suppliers.
It depends on the case. All in all, e-procurement causes equal opportunities for buyers and sellers,

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The e-Business W@tch is being implemented and operated by empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH (Bonn)
in co-operation with DIW Berlin - German Institute for Economic Research and Databank Consulting spa (Milan), Berlecon Research,
IDATE, PLS RAMBØLL Management, and Saatchi & Saatchi Business Communications