“Atos Origin becomes Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of NESSI, the European technology platform”

Madrid, 17 January 2006

The Steering Committee of the European technology platform NESSI (Networked European Software & Services Initiative) decided in its December meeting to appoint José María Cavanillas, Director of Research and Innovation at Atos Origin Spain, as the new Vice-Chairman of the platform's Steering Committee. Dario Avallone, of the Italian company Engineering, will become Chairman.

This appointment marks an important step forward both for Atos Origin and the Spanish software industry. Up until now, the Spanish representatives on the governing bodies of the six European technology platforms1 that are currently in operation in the Information Society field were relatively few. Only the presence of Telefónica in the Steering Committees of NEM and eMobility (platforms chaired respectively by the French company Thomson and the Finnish company Nokia) held out hope that there would be an increase of the Spanish involvement in these decision-making bodies. At NESSI, which Telefónica is also involved in, the fact that Atos Origin has taken on the Vice-Chairmanship of the Steering Committee, is a great boost in enabling Spain to keep making progress along the path already followed by countries such as France in putting its representatives in platforms' management positions.

The aim of the European NESSI platform is to create a unified strategy to influence investment in European technological research and to promote the software industry in Europe. The thirteen founding companies are: Atos Origin, BT, Engineering, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nokia, ObjectWeb, SAP, Siemens, Software AG, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Thales. More information is available at http://www.nessi-europe.com.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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Antonio Ferreiro
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1 The five other European technology platforms for the information society that are currently in operation are:

- ENIAC, European nanoelectronics platform. More information available at http://www.cordis.lu/ist/eniac/
- ARTEMIS, European embedded intelligence systems platform. More information at http://www.cordis.lu/ist/artemis
- eMobility, European mobile communication platform. More information at http://www.emobility.eu.org/
- NEM, European networked and electronic media platform. More information at http://www.nem-initiative.org/
- EUROP, European robotics platform. More information at http://www.roboticsplatform.com/