Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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Benefits and specificities of the apps ecosystem in Europe.

The European app industry (representing 19% of global app economy revenues) is significant, sophisticated and ever growing. As Vice-President Neelie Kroes pointed out during Digital Action Day 2014 “Five years ago I could not have spoken about an "app economy" because it did not exist. Today I can talk about 1 million apps; 2 million jobs; worth almost 20 billion euros – in the EU alone.”

How to spot the most talented innovators

Investing in innovation is investing in our future. But how can we best support innovators – and spot the ones who have the talent to go far?

For one thing: the EU is making an amazing 80 billion euros available through the Horizon 2020 programme. That will be our biggest ever, and the most ever focused on innovation.

The Digital Ripple Effect

Like in society, we want our web to be open, inclusive and accessible. However, upholding these democratic values online is easier said than done. 

Europe Code Week – join the hundred thousand and learn a new life skill!

Many people are happy enough just using digital tech – playing Angry Birds or using an app. Others want to take the next step – and create their own.

Starting on Saturday is EU Code Week – over one thousand opportunities to share or learn about this new life skill, across the EU and beyond.

A #FollowFriday for the next Commission

As you may know, my term in office as EU Commissioner is due to end.

Helping every region of Europe invest in a digital future

It's clear to me that we need the courage to invest in Europe's digital future. Today I saw two events that showed that very clearly. Both left me with a sense of how much there is still to do, but also a lot of hope that we can do it.

EU Top Jobs are being created everywhere: a Hungarian success story

Today, people in Brussels are talking about the EU Top Jobs. But here's a reminder of who's creating the real "top jobs" in the EU – startups with a bright idea and the right mindset . Not always in the places you might think of.

Today a guest blog from entrepreneur Peter Arvai, CEO of global success story Prezi, talking about how we can support and encourage European startups.

Success can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Protecting the open internet: the Internet Governance Forum in Turkey

This week has seen a very interesting set of events around the future of the internet in Istanbul.

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