Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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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.

The future of public procurement?

Our summer series of guest blogs continues with a contribution from Christian Lanng, one of my young advisers, on the difference EU project PEPPOL ("Pan-European Public Procurement Online") is making for the UK's National Health Service.  

Glimpses into the Future – the opportunities of e-Identification

Today, new legislation is published in the EU's Official Journal concerning eIdentification and Trust Services. That legislation represents a great accomplisment and a great opportunity for online services. Today a guest blog from Luukas Ilves, formerly in my team. He's from Estonia, and reports on the many ways eIdentification is transforming transactions back home. 

Guest blog: normaliser le numérique et réaliser la société de la connaissance

As in previous years, this summer I'm opening up my blog to "guest entries" from some of my advisers and digital champions. Today, a guest blog (in French) from Gilles Babinet, about what history has to teach us about technological advance - and how standards and educational reform can help us become a knowledge society.  (English translation below).

Media freedom remains under threat in Hungary

A free and plural media is the foundation of a free society, and a safeguard of democratic tradition. The new "advertising tax" in Hungary shows it is still very much under threat.

Innovative Investment for a Connected Continent

Yesterday I was in Paris – at the launch of a new fast broadband project, "Axione".

As innovative as the Internet is – we can also use innovative financing to ensure it reaches every European. And what we launched yesterday was the first of a new kind of "project bond" for broadband. (See here for full details of the scheme).

FI-WARE is "open" for business! €80 million on offer for startups and small business

Are you a startup or small business with a bright idea for a new app or service? Want to get your hands on the tools to make that a reality – or the chance for a share of €80 million to get you started? If so, we have a great opportunity for you!

Whether it's smart cities or the internet of things – there are many great innovative ideas and apps out there. But many of them rely on the same "generic" enablers, basic building blocks from which you can create great things.

Ten Or More - top female talent for the EU top jobs

Below a text of the letter sent by myself and my colleagues to Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker — about female candidates for the next European Commission. (Original letter here in .pdf).


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