TIES -- Transatlantic Information Exchange Service
(Star Date: May 1998)

Washington, D.C. -- The Transatlantic Information Exchange Service (TIES), a new internet resource which allows Americans and Europeans to develop new partnerships, projects or networks, was demonstrated today following the Blair House signing of the United States-European Union Summit agreement on Science and Technology. This new initiative was established within the framework of the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA).

TIES, a non-governmental organization, was created in October, 1997 in Amsterdam to facilitate the use of technology to bring Americans and Europeans together to discuss areas of mutual concerns. Initial financial support and resources came from the United States Information Agency and the European Commission.

"TIES recognizes that the rapid growth of the internet fuels greater dialogue between people with similar interests on both sides of the Atlantic," said Dr. Nanette Levinson, who is secretary general of TIES and associate dean of American University's School of International Service.

The TIES website will feature information about the United States and the European Union in education, culture, and youth; the global economy; the environment; civil society; and information and electronic exchange. Users will also be able to access information about senior citizens, public health, agriculture, work force development, science and technology, business affairs, disabled people, consumer affairs, and media and communications. Users will be able to discuss these topics with their counterparts overseas. Mirror sites will be housed in Amsterdam and in Michigan.

The TIES website will also eventually offer teleconferencing, chat rooms, electronic classrooms, information on student and professional exchanges, key word searches, an address for feedback, and additional services that advance transatlantic links at the people-to-people level.

TIES grew out of the "Bridging the Atlantic: People to People Links" conference which was held in May. The conference came about as a result of a key initiative advanced at the U.S.-E.U. New Transatlantic Agenda talks held in Madrid in 1995. President Clinton, Europe Commission President Santer and European Council President Gonzalez agreed to form more mutually beneficial people-to-people relationships and exchanges activities between both sides of the Atlantic.

"TIES will enable Europeans and Americans to become actors in promoting Transatlantic cooperation and will advance the ideas of citizen empowerment and intercontinental cooperation through the use of technology," said Franck Biancheri, TIES President. He noted that the TIES organization has support from other organizations such as : the German Marshal Fund, the U.S. Library of Congress, European Parliament, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Release No. 87-97
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