* TRAIN-IT Infoday and Annual WorkshopTRAIN-IT trains European entrepreneurs, working in the field of Information Society Technologies, in writing investor-winning business plans, and is financed in the framework of the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme of the 5th framework programme. In the framework of this project, an information day and a seminar are being organised in Paris, on March 7-8. The even will reunite previous TRAIN-IT students, IST participants, and the Superlec Junior Companies, a top-level French engineering institution. Supelec is primarily focussed on R&D (reseach and development) and the promotion of practical applications such as training people to start up businesses and giving support to young businesses. Representatives of the European Commission and information society experts will also run sessions at this event which will also include a networking session. Dates of the next courses are: - from February 24 to March 2, 2002 - from 21 to 27 April 2002 - from 1st to 7 June 2002.Information:* Cultural Diversity and Globalization: Friends or Foes? The Speaker at this special meeting will be Shirley Thomson, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Chairman will be H?l?ne Deslauriers, President, Canadians in Europe Belgium. Organiser: CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) & Canadians in Europe Belgium, Venue: Brussels, Date: March 13Information: Anne-Marie Boudou, Place du Congres 1, 1000 Brussels, Tel: (+32) 2/ 229.39.12, Fax: (+32) 2/ 219 4151, E-mail:, website:* Workshop on Open-source softwareEUROLATIS, the thematic network supported by the European Commission in the framework of its Information Society Technologies (IST) programme under the 5th Framework programme, is organising its next workshop on open-source software in San Paolo (Brazil) on March 13-15, 2002. The network is co-ordinated by l'Universidad Polit?cnica de Madrid (Spain) and brings together experts from the 15 Member States and the 19 Latin American countries. It aims to encourage collaboration between the UE and Latin America in the field of IST, which is fundamental to social and economic development in both regions, by supporting joint projects launched by universities and businesses.Information:* Evaluation of the impact of "eBusiness" on commerceThe repercussions of electronic transactions on wholesaling and exporting are on the agenda of...

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