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The European Union High Level Working Party on the Millennium Date Change was established in July 1999, consisting of national Y2K coordinators of all EU countries, as well as those of the European Free Trade Association (Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland). Six meetings were held between July 13, 1999 and January 14, 2000 chaired by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise.
These meetings were used to draw together private sector organizations and national governments and public sector organizations to share national states of readiness, coordinate efforts on Y2K, and to identify ongoing or new interdependencies affecting Western Europe. In addition to EU meetings, sub-regional meetings in each of the major sectors were held, with direct support of service providers, international agencies and/or national governments. Geographic proximity and strong national Y2K efforts resulted in numerous ad hoc meetings, informal dialogues and virtual communications of technical information across all sectors.
- Y2K: Starting the Century Right!, at 34.