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eContent is a programme with the aim of supporting the production, use and distribution of European digital content on the global networks. It intends to reach its goal by supporting the growth of a healthy and competitive EU digital content industry fit to exploit the opportunities created by new technologies.

What instruments are available?
In the eContent programme the following instruments will be supported:
– Innovative and viable content projects involving multinational and cross-sector partnerships
– Accompanying measures addressing best practices, concertation, awareness and dissemination
– Market studies for visions, insight, challenges and opportunities.

In order to ensure concentration of effort and critical mass, the eContent programme is based on three lines of action where EU added value can be maximised:
· Improving access to and expanding use of public sector information
· Enhancing content production in a multilingual and multicultural environment
· Increasing dynamism of the digital content market.

Within these actions different project types can be supported:
· Demonstration projects, which will consist of experiments in which European partners work together towards a common result to showcase the objectives of the action line
· Feasibility projects, which are small scale projects lasting six to nine months designed to provide a framework for early experimentation and appraisal of new ideas
· Accompanying measures, which will have an interest for the programme as a whole or for one of the main action lines.

Which countries are involved?
The eContent programme is open to the EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
The European Commission has signed also ad hoc memorandums of understanding with the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Turkey and Hungary, allowing them to participate fully in the eContent Programme.

Who may apply?
In the next call there will be two different Action lines (see below) with different kind of actors. For the Action line 1.1, the main actors will be private companies (publishers, online publishers, mobile network operators, ISPs etc.) that want to add value to and exploit public sector information, and the public sector bodies that hold the information resources. Consortia just consisting of public sector bodies and/or consultants will not be considered for co-funding.
For the Action line 2.2, actors will be Public bodies, publishers and industrial or commercial groups that hold high-quality language data, which can be used as reference and development material by designers, localisers, translators and terminologists engaged in multimedia projects.

How to apply?
Proposals will have to be submitted by multinational consortia addressing themes pertinent to the programme. The Commission will help potential proposers by setting up a “pre-proposal” service.