Extracts from the press conference by Neelie Kroes on digital priorities for 2013/14
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/12/2012 First transmission: 18/12/2012
On 18 December 2012, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled "The Digital Agenda for Europe – Driving European growth digitally". On this occasion, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, gave a press conference in Brussels and presented the new priorities for the digital economy and society. The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, but this potential is currently held back by a patchy pan- European policy framework. The priorities follow a comprehensive policy review and will place new emphasis on the most transformative elements of the original 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe. The seven key areas to address are: stable broadband regulatory environment, financing public digital service infrastructures through Connecting Europe Facility loans, digital skills and jobs, cyber-security, copyright, pilot actions through the European Cloud Partnership and industrial strategy for micro- and nano-electronics.
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||Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, to the press conference on the digital priorities of the European Commission for 2013/2014, at the European Commission, Brussels
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): We need to be aware that we are about giving people opportunities and when we face figures like more than 51% youth unemployment in Spain, I think this is not only just a wake up call. It is more than that. We should give them hope again and not just be faced with a lost generation and that is what this agenda is all about.
||General view of the audience
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Today, I am presenting to you, a "to-do" list for 2013 and 2014. It is for some a wake-up call. For others, it is just a confirmation and for others it is just a dream. Broadband and jobs are the topics. But the message is that we need to take risks and please just skip the word "risk avoiding"; we should push ourselves.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): Those actions revolve around broadband getting the economy moving and so on and so forth. Some of it we already started- like stabilising regulation for broadband through to 2020. In 2013, we will make that concrete, with a package of 10 actions just on broadband. It needs to be seen as a package, and it is a balanced package. The markets have given positive reactions in general. So, the time for thinking and complaining is over.
||Cutaway of journalists
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): There are some legislative elements - like the Cyber security Directive that is planned. But instead of just spending more money or writing more laws, in most cases in the digital world, you can do more and quicker by just bringing people together. This is why we run so many dialogues - like with copyright; or build coalitions - like for kids online and to increase jobs and skills.
||Neelie Kroes leaving the press room