Extracts from the press briefing by Neelie Kroes and Toomas Hendrik Ilves following the first Steering Board meeting of the European Cloud Partnership (ECP)
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 19/11/2012 First transmission: 19/11/2012
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, participated in the first meeting of the Steering Board of the new European Cloud Partnership (ECP), on 19 November 2012, in Brussels.
The board is chaired by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, and brings together tech Chief Executive Officers and government representatives with responsibility for IT procurement. The board will deliver strategic advice to Neelie Kroes.
The meeting kicked-off a process where public authorities and industry work together to help building the EU Digital Single Market for cloud computing pursuant to the European Cloud Computing Strategy. Specifically, the ECP aims at leveraging the public sector's buying power to shape the growing and maturing market for cloud computing services.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Panel of the meeting
||General view of the room
||Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia and Chair of the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership
||Members of the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership (4 shots)
||Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, arriving and shaking hands (2 shots)
||General view (2 shots)
||Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Neelie Kroes, arriving at press point
||SOUNDBITE by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that what was underlined is that what the users need is at stake; they should go in a higher speed than normally speaking in this organisation; it is something that the public sector needs and something that 98% of the business world is asking for; cloud computing means cheaper, more quality, more flexible tools for the business, for the government and for the citizens.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||SOUNDBITE by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) on youth unemployment: saying that in Spain 7 companies in e-learning platform are getting the ICT skilled related jobs filled in with people who have the good skills; in 2015, we will badly need these ICT related skilled youngsters to fill in 700 thousands jobs in Europe.
||SOUNDBITE by Toomas Hendrik Ilves (in ENGLISH) saying that first of all, we all need to be 'cloud active'; if we don't fix the rules on how to proceed, other people will set the rules and they will move far beyond Europe, and once again we will be behind, which we don't want to be; secondly, in order for Europe to be cloud active, people have to use it, both at the citizens' level and at the level of corporations and companies.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE by Toomas Hendrik Ilves (in ENGLISH) saying that this is about saving money, creating jobs and having growth through the use of various clouds, because we realise that if our single market is to work than we need to have a digital single market.
||Speakers leaving the room