Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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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).

Will decision-makers agree to build a digital Europe? – a blog for Digital Venice

(This blog appears in Italian in the Corriere delle Comunicazioni)

The Italian government has just taken on the Presidency of the Council of the EU — a great responsibility, and a great opportunity.

When it comes to building a digital Europe, it could not come at a more appropriate time.

Who's going to get the EU's top jobs?

One question is on everyone's lips at the moment: who's going to secure themselves the best "top jobs" in the EU?

So maybe you're interested in my views.

I'm not talking about who will head the EU's Institutions for the next 5 years. I'm talking about the skills that people need to thrive in tomorrow's labour market and get the best opportunities available – jobs that are creative, rewarding, fun. Those are the real EU top jobs.

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