(ANSAmed) - TRIESTE, MAY 17 - The Central Europe Initiative (CEI) has today in Geneva presented a project at the World Summit on the Information Society to develop a multimedia platform of videoconferences and related training covering a wide range of institutional users. Organised by four UN organisations (Itu, Unesco, Unctad, Undp), the summit involved over 1,500 participants from government, businesses and civil society. The project presented today is a component of the project entitled Improving Cooperation in South-East Europe by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), which is promoted by the General Enlargement Directorate of the European Commission and is coordinated by CEI. In his speech, the deputy general secretary of CEI, Giorgio Rosso Cicogna, stressed the innovative results of the project in terms of greater efficiency in regional cooperation and long-term sustainability of the process. The multimedia platform of videoconferences and the positive outcomes will be extended to other regional organisations operating in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Jovan Kurbalija, the director and founder of the DiploFoundation, a non-profit organisation based in Switzerland and one of CEI's partners in this project, pointed out how ''e-diplomacy, or the use of the internet to facilitate diplomatic relations, concerns important and topical issues: increasing participation by citizens and local communities in politics and reducing the costs of modern diplomacy. The potential use of the net in the area of e-diplomacy can only be increased through its gradual integration in institutional and political contexts''.(ANSAmed).