NMS Project

Next steps in developing Information Society Services in the New Member States - The case of eLearning


Starting date: December 2005
Duration: 24 months

Objectives: The project has a geographic scope on the 10 new Member States (NMS) in 2005 when it was launched. This project is connected on the project on the development of eServices in the domain of eHealth and eGovernment in the EU10 member states. It has three main objectives:

  • to collect the relevant qualitative and quantitative data on eLearning, to analyse them and develop a meaningful assessment of both the state and trajectory of development, and to derive the relevant conclusions in terms of policy and research at national level;
  • to make a cross-country synthesis in order to build a transnational report on the basis of the ten country reports;
  • to contribute to a cross-domain NMS analysis including eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning

Description: The research project builds a corpus of detailed factual knowledge about

  • current educational institutions and systems, actors and reforms/strategies/policies in relation to education and training,
  • Status of 'learning ICT' and 'learning with ICT' in different learning and education settings, including institutional structures, resources, funding, policies and programs/projects, the supporting legal framework, actors, IT infrastructures, services provided to citizens and business.

Based on the researchers´ analysis and assessment all the country reports and the synthesis work identify the major specific technical, economic, political, ethical and socio-cultural contextual factors - drivers and barriers – which influence eLearning developments. These outcomes lead to analysing the possible policy options at local, regional, national and/or European level whenever relevant, in order to address the challenges and the local/global needs to make progress on the eLearning domain in the country and in Europe.

The research work applies different methodologies incl. collection of internationally comparable statistical data, other data from local sources, results of recent international and local surveys, making targeted interviews with al least 15 experts in each country with a well-balanced participation of all the major stake-holders' group (local and central government, business, academy).

Since two other research projects run parallel with this effort on eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning in the NMSs, using the same methodology and following the same timing, not only a cross-country, but a cross-country cross-domain analysis and synthesis will be done in order to identify factors (drivers/barriers) and options to develop further the public eServices in the NMSs


  • ICEG EC, Budapest (Consortium leader)
  • 10 national teams from each NMS

Dissemination activities

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Project Leaders : Kirsti Ala-Mutka and Yves Punie, yves.punie(at)ec.europa.eu