Visit of a group of Digital Champions to Neelie Kroes
Type: Visit to the Commission
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 20 March 2014, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, received a group of Digital Champions in Brussels. Member States appoint Digital Champions, who help everyone get digital. They are all creative and motivated people who lead innovative projects in ICT education, digital inclusion, access and e-government. Many actively promote the development of digital skills and entrepreneurship by young people, helping tackle youth unemployment by sharing innovative ideas which have worked in their own country.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda (in ENGLISH): Sometimes you get such an issue where it not needed anymore to explain what is all about. In this case it is needed to explain that not only roaming. So talking about the package; the telecom single market and you can explain in a quite clear way that the crown jewel is the single market but one sector is excluded from that single market. So if we are thinking of a jigsaw then that part is missing. The telecom sector is still based on 28 ring-fenced markets and we are proposing to make that past and that this is also part of the single market.
||General views of the debate (16 shots)
||Soundbite by Włodzimierz Marciński, Digital Champion for Poland, (in ENGLISH) on the challenges faced by Poland.
||Soundbite by Paul-Andre Baran, Digital Champion for Romania, (in ENGLISH) on the different points of view around the table.
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): It was from day one on absolutely not that it should be a political appointment. If it is a political appointment then you are too close to a government and then it is failing. But the awareness of governments is badly needed and that was the battle.
||General views of the debate (5 shots)
||Group photo, from left to right,in the 1st row: Tineke Netelenbos, Digital Champion for the Netherlands, Meral Akin-Hecke, Digital Champion for Austria, Gergana Passy, Digital Champion for Bulgaria, Neelie Kroes, Włodzimierz Marciński, Digital Champion for Poland, Gesche Joost, Digital Champion for Germany, Jan Gulliksen, Digital Champion for Sweden, and Godfrey Vella, Digital Champion for Malta,in the 2nd row: Darko Paric, Digital Champion for Croatia, Ondřej Felix, Digital Champion for Czech Republic, Aleš Špetič, Digital Champion for Slovenia, Paul-Andre Baran, Digital Champion for Romania, António Murta, Digital Champion for Portugal, and Saskia Van Uffelen, Digital Champion for Belgium (2 shots)