Participation of Neelie Kroes at the Digital Agenda Conference in Sofia

Type: Report   Reference: I-074580   Duration: 10:03:54  Lieu:
End production: 20/09/2012   First transmission: 20/09/2012
On 20 September 2012, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, travelled to Bulgaria and attended the High-level Regional Conference on 2012 Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), in Sofia. On this occasion, she gave an opening statement and underlined the importance of a more diverse media.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of Sofia, Bulgaria 00:00:05
10:00:10 Exterior view of the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan 00:00:05
10:00:15 General view of the High-level Regional Conference on 2012 Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) 00:00:05
10:00:20 Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, to the conference 00:00:07
10:00:27 Neelie Kroes with Representatives of the Bulgarian government 00:00:05
10:00:32 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Good morning everybody. I'm delighted to be your midst, and to be very open to you. I'm delighted that there are so many members of the government. 00:00:12
10:00:45 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:05
10:00:50 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): It is a fascinating country with a long history, with a lot of culture and you are a highly appreciated member of the European family. 00:00:11
10:01:02 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:07 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Making the right digital decisions today, will secure a better tomorrow. 00:00:06
10:01:13 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:18 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Pretty soon, 90% of jobs will require some kind of digital skills. 00:00:06
10:01:25 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:05
10:01:30 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Here in Bulgaria, almost half of the population has never used the Internet; this half of the population is missing a lot. 00:00:12
10:01:42 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:05
10:01:47 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): It is three parts; investments in the digital infrastructure, into the services, and in changing a mindset of people. 00:00:09
10:01:57 Neelie Kroes leaving the stage and being applauded by the audience 00:00:04
10:02:02 General view of the press conference, at the Information Centre of the EU in Bulgaria 00:00:05
10:02:07 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): If it is making a real difference in people's lives, then of course, I'm aware that the main reason for you to joining me is to discuss the state of the media section. 00:00:12
10:02:20 Cutaway of participants 00:00:05
10:02:25 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): And it is clear to me that when there are obvious examples of violence against journalists, number one, when Reporters Without Borders rates Bulgaria so poorly, that there is an issue worthwhile to investigate. 00:00:20
10:02:45 Cutaway of participants 00:00:05
10:02:50 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): My second message is that there are many factors that contribute to a positive dynamic between media and democracy. 00:00:10
10:03:01 Cutaway of participants 00:00:05
10:03:06 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): I want to be very clear. I raised of course the issue of transparency with your Prime Minister and I asked him his answer on the question of transparency. And he did agree with me. There is not enough transparency in Bulgaria concerning both ownership and financing of media in Bulgaria. 00:00:25
10:03:32 General view of the press conference 00:00:05
10:03:37 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): And my third and final message for my opening statement is that as media diversify and the digital world helps to create a more diverse media, they become more trusted and valued. 00:00:17
10:03:54 General view of the press conference 00:00:04
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