1. In response to the obligation, as set out in the eEurope Action Plan, on the Commission and on Member States to establish co-ordination mechanisms for digitisation policies and programmes, the invited representatives and experts from Member States agreed at a meeting held in Lund on 4 April 2001 a series of conclusions establishing the principles of and a framework for action in this area.
This meeting called upon Member States to establish a steering group for this activity.
2. The Resolutions on "Culture in the knowledge society" and on "The role of culture in the development of the European Union", adopted by the Culture Council on 5 November, 2001, endorsed the importance of culture in the knowledge society as a social and economic good and recognised the contribution to be made through improving access to digitised cultural and scientific resources.
The Council called inter alia for development of the exploitation of digital cultural content in support of cultural cooperation, for the promotion of the common cultural heritage, and for quality initiatives in cultural websites.
3. The Council specifically called for the use of existing or new networks at European and national level to facilitate co-operation and exchange of information and good practice at European level.
National representatives group
1. A national representative group (hereafter NRG) is established as a steering group for the activities related to the co-ordination of digitisation policies and programmes, with special emphasis on cultural and scientific resources and on the contribution of public cultural institutions.
2. The mission of the NRG is to monitor progress regarding the objectives encapsulated in the 'Lund Principles'.
3. The members of the NRG are nominated by the Member States through their official representatives to the Commission. Each Member State has a single voice on the NRG, as does the Commission which will provide the secretariat. Each Member State can be accompanied as and when necessary by other national observers and technical experts.
4. The NRG will meet at least every 6 months, convened under the chair of the Presidency. Immediate past and future Presidencies will provide vice-chairs, who will deputise if necessary.
Objectives of the NRG
The objectives of the NRG are to:
1. share national experiences and to create a common platform for cooperation and coordination of national activities across the European Union
2. provide the focus for consensus building between Member States on the agreed actions for coordinating polices and programmes and for directing their follow up at national level including through national networks where appropriate
3. establish mechanisms for cooperation with other ongoing efforts and networks at the international level
4. identify emerging issues which affect these objectives and to agree and propose appropriate actions
5. promote good practice within and between Member States, and thereby to support skills development and training
6. encourage initiatives to support the visibility of quality cultural sites
7. identify and nominate experts for workgroups as necessary, and ensure dissemination and follow up of their results
8. produce every 6 months a report for the Member States on progress and including recommendations for future actions.
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