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24/08/2016

Media freedom under threat in Hungary, Kroes says

People: Neelie Kroes


Euro & Finance 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Digital 23-02-2016

EU institutions start large-scale move towards cloud services

EU institutions are getting ready to move data to cloud services as part of the first broad, European Commission-backed push for government cloud computing.
Development Policy 11-02-2016

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.

Press freedom: How the EU struggles to match action with values

Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. But the EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz.
Digital 17-02-2015

Oettinger: IT sector needs new 'generation of Shakespeares'

A meeting in Berlin between representatives from European startups and EU decision-makers stirred ignited debate over EU digital policies, with Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger speaking in support of net neutrality and tech-startups, while Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip called for other forms of IT promotion. EurActiv Germany reports.
Public Affairs 21-01-2015

Old Commissioners, new revolving doors

Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.
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Elections 31-10-2014

EU welcomes Orban's scrapping of Internet tax

The European Commission on Friday welcomed Hungary's decision of scrapping plans to impose a tax on Internet traffic.
Digital 31-10-2014

Outgoing Digital Commissioner: A lot more work is needed to clarify the ‘right to be forgotten’

The EU has to do quite a lot more work to make the “right to be forgotten” clear, says Neelie Kroes. In a wide-ranging interview, she also reflects on the new Juncker Commission and what’s missing from Europe’s digital economy.
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Digital 30-10-2014

Europe under massive virtual cyber attack

SPECIAL REPORT / More than 200 organisations from 25 EU member states are under virtual cyber-attack today  (30 October), as part of the continent’s largest and most complex ever cyber security exercise.
Central Europe 28-10-2014

Commission slams Hungary’s ‘Internet tax’

The outgoing European Commission has delivered an unusually tough statement over a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which has unleashed boisterous protests in Hungary.
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Digital 17-10-2014

Kroes: Coding can become a world language

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives and that’s just one reason to make sure this global "language" is taught to children at school.
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Digital 16-10-2014

Digital future: a tale of two Europes

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Wide variations in the predicted impact of the digital sector of the future European economy are challenging policymakers' preparation for a radically different jobs market.
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Digital 15-10-2014

Teachers urged to get on board with coding

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Computer coding classes at primary school have to be taught in a more playful way than reading, writing and maths, experts say. 
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Digital 14-10-2014

Five-years-olds learn coding in schools to prepare for future labour market

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Learning basic computer programming is becoming mandatory curriculum in primary schools in some member states, as governments try to prepare already digital native pupils the skills they need for the labour markets of the future.
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Digital 13-10-2014

Commission, industry pledge €2.5 billion for big data

The European Commission and Europe's data industry pledged on Monday to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership, aiming to “strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race.”
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Digital 13-10-2014

Coding moves firmly into the mainstream

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Once seen as the exclusive province of a handful of computer experts, coding has moved firmly into the mainstream as policymakers, educators and business have realised its potential.
Digital 24-09-2014

EU considers delaying end of mobile roaming charges

The elimination of roaming fees for using mobile phones EU countries could be delayed, in what would be a win for big European telecoms operators at the expense of consumers, according to a draft EU proposal.

Web start-ups offered EU funding worth €80 million

European start-ups can access EU funding worth €80 million, if they use an open internet platform to develop their web-based businesses.
Digital 12-09-2014

MEP Albrecht: Oettinger risks being crushed by his portfolio

By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.
Digital 05-09-2014

Is this what a digital Commission looks like?

Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission will have a vice-president in charge of digital and innovation, and a new commissioner post taking responsibility for internet and culture, according to leaked documents obtained by EurActiv.
Digital 01-09-2014

Mobile operators to get exclusive use of 700 MHz UHF spectrum band by 2020

Mobile broadband should have exclusive use of the 700 MHz band of the European Union’s Ultra High Frequency spectrum by 2020, the European Commission was told today (1 September).
Digital 01-08-2014

Spanish law raises concerns of EU-level 'Google Tax'

Spanish newspaper publishers could soon demand fees from news aggregators like Google News for posting links to their articles. The law is the latest in a series of similar initiatives by national legislators, leaving EU stakeholders wondering if the Commission will follow suit with EU law.
Digital 31-07-2014

Commissioners urge coding classes at school

The two commissioners in charge of the digital agenda, and youth and education, have written to to the EU's 28 education ministers, urging them to give every child the opportunity to develop basic coding skills at school.
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Central Europe 28-07-2014

Media freedom under threat in Hungary, Kroes says

EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes lashed out at the Hungarian government on Monday, accusing the center-right ruling party of “censoring” media freedom.