Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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  • EU Consumer Summit 2014: Ensuring that consumers reap the benefits of the digital economy

    Tue, 01/04/2014 - 11:50

    Completing the digital single market would benefit EU consumers by on average €400 a year, some €200 billion Europe wide. The digital economy brings real benefits for consumers, but it also raises important questions about consumers’ rights online. This year’s Consumer Summit will focus on how we...

  • European Commission launches network to foster web talent through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

    Thu, 27/03/2014 - 12:06

    The Commission is launching a network of providers of MOOCs related to web and apps skills. MOOCs are online university courses which enable people to access quality education without having to leave their homes. The new network aims to map the demand for web-related skills across Europe and to...

  • Consumers suffer from geographic lottery for broadband, new studies reveal

    Tue, 25/03/2014 - 12:06

    Europe’s 400 million Internet users face a geographic lottery regarding the price, speed, and range of choice of broadband. Four recent studies show there is virtually no pattern or coherence in broadband markets across the EU. Consumers are also baffled by the varying information provided by...

  • Get Online to Get Employed – new campaign across EU

    Mon, 24/03/2014 - 12:03

    Get Online Week runs from 24 to 30 March and is organised by Telecentre Europe with the support of the European Commission. The slogan of this year’s effort is: “Get empowered, get employed” – aimed at helping young and unemployed Europeans get the e-skills needed for the 21st century workplace.

  • Trusted Cloud Europe: have your say!

    Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:16

    What can be done to establish Europe as a trusted region for cloud computing? Does "Trusted Cloud Europe" propose the right approach to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing throughout Europe? Are there any important actions missing? These are some of the questions the European Cloud...

  • The Human Brain Project just got bigger

    Thu, 20/03/2014 - 11:58

    One of the biggest EU-funded initiatives, the Human Brain Project (HBP), today announced the beneficiaries of its €8.3 million competitive call for new partners. 32 organisations from 13 countries – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain,...

  • Tomorrow's Internet starts now: get ready!

    Tue, 18/03/2014 - 14:29

    With some 2.5 billion users world-wide, today’s Internet is an established part of our lives. But new challenges are arising all the time and Europe needs to think ahead so that Internet can continue to offer new services, applications and business opportunities.

  • EP committee vote takes us one step closer to ending roaming charges in the EU

    Tue, 18/03/2014 - 11:25

    Today the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted on the Telecoms Single Market Regulation. On hearing the result of the vote, Vice President of the Commission Neelie Kroes said: "This vote is great news and I would like to thank the rapporteur Pilar del Castillo...

  • Towards further Globalisation of the Internet

    Mon, 17/03/2014 - 12:50

    Vice President Neelie Kroes today warmly welcomed the announcement of the United States Government to "transition out of the IANA function", which will allow a more global multi-stakeholder basis for an important element of governance of the Internet.

  • Great news for cyber security in the EU: The EP successfully votes through the Network & Information Security (NIS) directive

    Thu, 13/03/2014 - 14:36

    Following the successful vote on the NIS directive on cyber security today in Strasbourg, Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "This vote today is very positive news for European citizens, and I would like to thank the Rapporteur, Andreas Schwab, for his hard and efficient work, as well as everyone...