Extracts from the press conference by Neelie Kroes on the legislative package on for a Connected Continent: Building A Telecoms Single Market

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-081482   Duration: 10:03:13  Lieu:
End production: 12/09/2013   First transmission: 12/09/2013
On 12 September 2013, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, gave a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, on the adoption of a legislative package aimed at building a connected, competitive continent and enabling sustainable digital jobs and industries.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium 00:00:03
10:00:08 Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, to the press conference 00:00:05
10:00:14 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): We need a comprehensive package for a couple of very good reasons, not least of which is the need to end, and it is my wording, I defend it, it is to end the telecoms lottery that consumers face today and I want to say it loud and clear: You should not have different rights, not have different rules, not have different proposals everywhere you go in Europe, it should be the single market. 00:00:34
10:00:49 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:52 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): We are very committed to cutting red tape, making it easier for companies to invest in new networks and new services; to be able, by the way when that is done, to expand across borders. 00:00:16
10:01:08 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
10:01:12 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): The first step is to ban incoming call charges from 2014; I'm not certain what your feeling is but I think that it is absolutely a must, it is so crazy to say that with an incoming call there is a charge for you. The second new step is to offer companies a cheaper way to deliver EU wide "roam like at home". 00:00:26
10:01:38 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:42 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): If your operator does not offer "roam like at home", you, as a customer and a consumer, you can take control, that is the first time, you can choose domestic price plan from the country you travel to when you get there. You don't need a new number or a second bill, not at all; it will be possible from your phone. 00:00:24
10:02:06 General view of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:09 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): We will also make it possible to make calls cheaper from within your home country. Each time you use either your fixed landline or your mobile to call abroad, it should not cost you more than to call within your country and that means that ever phone user is a winner from this package. 00:00:24
10:02:33 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:03
10:02:37 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): We propose to introduce "net neutrality' to Europe and what does that mean? Ending locking and throttling, and degrading of services so that you all enjoy the full internet no matter what internet subscription you have. We want all the Europeans to have guaranteed right to full and open internet and at the moment, 96% of Europeans lack that today. 00:00:35
10:03:13 Neelie Kroes leaving the press room 00:00:08
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