61 blog posts
  • "Een begroting die bij onze ambities past" (8 januari 2018, Conference "Shaping our Future")
    Published by Günther Oettinger18 January 2018

    "Een begroting die bij onze ambities past" (8 januari 2018, Conference "Shaping our Future")

    Het meerjarig financieel kader (MFK) voor het komende decennium is dan ook maar één onderdeel van het instrumentarium waarover de EU beschikt om vorm te geven aan de toekomst. Maar het is wel een belangrijk onderdeel. Evenals met communicatie en regels, kunnen wij met financiële middelen de koers voor Europa in het komende decennium uitzetten op basis van solidariteit tussen de 27 lidstaten van de Europese Unie.
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  • 3 Thoughts about a future plastic levy
    Published by Günther Oettinger16 January 2018

    3 Thoughts about a future plastic levy

    One week after I have presented my idea on a plastic levy, we made a big step forward.
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  • "A Budget Matching our Ambitions", speech given at the conference "Shaping our Future" (8.1.2018)
    Published by Günther Oettinger10 January 2018

    "A Budget Matching our Ambitions", speech given at the conference "Shaping our Future" (8.1.2018)

    A few days before the important orientation debate in the EU Commission on the long-term EU Budget (MFF), a few ideas and concepts that are currently discussed in the EU Commission: on the seize of the budget, cuts and fresh money.
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  • "EU-Budget mit Europäischem Mehrwert", Rede auf der Konferenz "Shaping our Future" (08.012018)
    Published by Günther Oettinger10 January 2018

    "EU-Budget mit Europäischem Mehrwert", Rede auf der Konferenz "Shaping our Future" (08.012018)

    Kurz vor der entscheidenden Orientierungsdebatte in der EU-Kommission (10.01.2018) zum Mehrjährigen Finanzrahmen nach 2020 (MFF), einige Gedanken und Konzepte, die wir derzeit in der EU-Kommission diskutieren: zur Höhe des EU-Budgets, Kürzungen und frischem Geld.
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  • A new deal between net payers and net beneficiaries
    Published by Günther Oettinger25 October 2017

    A new deal between net payers and net beneficiaries

    This week I continue my #MFFtour27: on Thursday, I will be in Romania and the following day, in Bulgaria. My visit comes in a special year for them. It marks their 10th anniversary of their EU membership, which in itself is a cause for celebration.
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  • Starting #MFFtour27
    Published by Günther Oettinger29 September 2017

    Starting #MFFtour27

    Today , I am starting the intensive phase of my MFFtour27: meeting 24 foreign ministers, 24 finance ministers and national parliaments - to find out their views on our long-term budget beyond 2020.
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  • What is your Europe worth?
    Published by Günther Oettinger28 June 2017

    What is your Europe worth?

    Today, the EU Commission presents its Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances. In a joint article with my colleague Commissioner Corinna Cretu, we are arguing that every Euro spent from the EU Budget must have Added Value.
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  • Digital is the new normal
    Published by Günther Oettinger22 December 2016

    Digital is the new normal

    When I took up the portfolio two years ago, we were already in the midst of the digital revolution. Many people were aware of the challenges the technological change would bring, both for economy and our society. But a majority in business and politics were only beginning to understand how profound the impact on our economy and society will be.
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  • Addressing major scientific and technological challenges of the future
    Published by Günther Oettinger15 December 2016

    Addressing major scientific and technological challenges of the future

    Today, I hosted a roundtable with high-level representatives from Member States, major European research organisations, European industry and academic research associations. Our objective was to explore the future science and technology challenges that are of strategic importance for Europe.
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  • Guest Blog: Startup hubs converging towards a truly unified European startup ecosystem
    Published by Günther Oettinger9 December 2016

    Guest Blog: Startup hubs converging towards a truly unified European startup ecosystem

    Karen Boers, co-founder & CEO Startups.be & European Startup Network, argues power movements are key for startups to be heart.
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  • It's time to celebrate: 25 years of funding European films
    Published by Günther Oettinger29 November 2016

    It's time to celebrate: 25 years of funding European films

    Today, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of MEDIA: 25 years of financial support to the Europe's film industry, 25 years of investments in creativity, competitiveness and cultural diversity.
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  • Working together for Digital Skills & Jobs
    Published by Günther Oettinger29 November 2016

    Working together for Digital Skills & Jobs

    Tomorrow, we will launch the "Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Coalition". Member States, companies and social partners will commit to a Members Charter and make concrete pledges.
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  • Scale-ups are the new corporates
    Published by Günther Oettinger22 November 2016

    Scale-ups are the new corporates

    Today, we presented the new 'Startup and scaleup initiative'. The aim is to remove barriers to scaling up in the single market and create better opportunities for access to finance and skills. Input came from the startup community - not least from the Scaleup manifesto.
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  • Building smart cities in Europe
    Published by Günther Oettinger14 November 2016

    Building smart cities in Europe

    Today, I am taking over the chair of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities from my colleague, EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc.
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  • Making progress on international Mobilstandard 5G
    Published by Günther Oettinger10 November 2016

    Making progress on international Mobilstandard 5G

    Yesterday, I attended the second 5G Global event in Rome, organised by the European Union's 5G Public Private Partnership. This was a great opportunity to engage once again with the international community to make 5G a global success. China, Japan, South Korea and the US were present.
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  • After my trip to US: Strenghening the transatlantic relationship in digital area
    Published by Günther Oettinger19 October 2016

    After my trip to US: Strenghening the transatlantic relationship in digital area

    Last week I visited again the United States of America [ from 7 to 11 October ]. I engaged with stakeholders in Seattle and New York City, after a brief visit to the nation's capital to touch base with World Bank senior officials to discuss the Bank's plans to increasingly use ICTs as an economic engine for developing countries, and with my colleagues at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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  • Digital Assembly in Bratislava: "Putting the Digital Single Market at the heart of Europe"
    Published by Günther Oettinger29 September 2016

    Digital Assembly in Bratislava: "Putting the Digital Single Market at the heart of Europe"

    More than 750 participants gather for the 2016 Digital Assembly in the capital of Slovakia. The event is co-organised by the European Commission and the Slovak EU Presidency and brings together policy-makers, representatives of industry and academia, start-ups and NGOs.
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  • Guest blog: The International and European Federation of Journalists on the Copyright proposal
    Published by Günther Oettinger28 September 2016

    Guest blog: The International and European Federation of Journalists on the Copyright proposal

    The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) have, in general, welcomed the Commission's proposals for a new directive on authors' rights. We still need, however, to discuss the problem of the enormously unfair contracts that are so often imposed on journalists, as they are on other creators.
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  • Kick-off Meeting: Industry and civil society to make the Internet a safer place for kids
    Published by Günther Oettinger27 September 2016

    Kick-off Meeting: Industry and civil society to make the Internet a safer place for kids

    Today's children are born into a digital world. They go online at ever younger ages on a diverse range of devices, frequently without any supervision by adults. While the Internet offers many opportunities for the next generation of digital natives, it also holds risks for the young who are often unaware of the dangers they may come across.
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  • Net neutrality: A single rulebook for a single digital market
    Published by Günther Oettinger30 August 2016

    Net neutrality: A single rulebook for a single digital market

    With the guidelines adopted today, we ensure that EU net neutrality rules are implemented consistently across the EU.
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