History

At the European Council meeting between 23-24 March 2000 in Lisbon, 15 EU Member Countries’ Presidents of Government aimed at “being the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy of the world”. This aim revealed a requirement that as soon as possible Europe has to get benefits from this sort of economy, especially opportunities arise from Internet. In response to this requirement, the eEurope Action Plan was adopted in Feira on 19-20 June 2000. European Ministerial Conference held in Warsaw on 11-12 May 2000, the Central and Eastern European countries, the 15 EU countries have adopted the strategic objective laid down in Lisbon by the 15 EU countries to agree to be a part of the eEurope initiative put forward by the EU the political commitment in support of, and that's utilized in the ground to try to reach this ambitious goal to expand the candidate countries themselves as the "eEurope-like Action Plan" decided. The European Commission, in February 2001, the Republic of South Cyprus, Malta and Turkey and other Candidate Countries to participate in the creation of this joint action plan were invited.

With the declaration of eEurope Action Plan during the Gothenburg Summit which was held on 15-16 July 2001, Prime Ministers of EU Candidate Countries decided on common political decision to modernize their economies, giving new opportunities to their citizens and to overcome difficulties while entering knowledge based economy ( usually used digital economy ). Republic of Turkey No. 25 306 dated December 4, 2003 Official Gazette of the e-Transformation Turkey Project Short-Term Action Plan in accordance with Article 37 the number of action "Information Society Determination of Criteria and Related Statistics Generation" task as the organization responsible for the TURKSTAT are given.

eEurope 2005 Action Plan includes a new and more refined objectives and subsequently updated in 2005, 2010 Lisbon Strategy, tends to new targets including knowledge, innovation and social inclusion. Accordingly, TURKSTAT performs ICT Usage Survey to households and enterprises to help politicians and decision-makers for monitoring developments about being knowledge economy which determine at Lisbon Strategy and also next initiatives. This study also addressed the need for comparable data in this area of our institution within the scope of EU harmonization. Information Society statistics on an international basis for Community statistics on the Information Society held on April 21, 2004 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council Regulation No.

Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by Enterprises Survey is one of the most prominent research concerning building up information society criteria. This survey has been conducted annually since 2005 except 2006 by TURKSTAT.

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