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Timms Urges Europe to Bridge Digital Divide

e-Commerce Minister Stephen Timms today urged European member states to take action to increase the number of older people getting online.

Mr Timms outlined the need for countries to extend internet support programmes for the over 65s and encouraged other EU members states to adapt UK initiatives for their own national and regional programmes.

He said: "This spring will see a major public awareness campaign to demonstrate how the internet can change people's daily lives for the better and encouraging people to visit their local UK online centre.

"Other programmes include connecting selected communities to the internet, opening up schools' IT facilities to the wider community and giving consumers advice on shopping safely on the internet."

The Minister was addressing a meeting of European Ministers at the e-Inclusion Symposium in Crete, organised by the Greek Presidency of the EU, to discuss ways of getting disadvantaged groups of society onto the internet.

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