About: Neelie Kroes

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Digital 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.
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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 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.
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Digital 16-06-2014

EU, South Korea reach agreement on 5G

Europe and South Korea signed on Monday a landmark agreement on 5G mobile technology. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, and Mr Moon-Ki Choi. South Korea's Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) agreed to work towards a global definition of 5G and to cooperate in 5G research. They also agreed on the need for harmonized radio spectrum to ensure global interoperability and on the preparation of global standards for 5G.
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Digital 10-04-2014

Neelie Kroes: mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals

Mobile health apps that measure your blood pressure or remind you to take your medication could save the EU 99 billion euros in healthcare costs by 2017, according to the European Commission.
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Digital 17-02-2014

Kroes calls roaming charges within EU ‘economic madness’

94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their mobile phone use because of roaming charges. This figure comes from a survey with 28.000 EU citizens published by the European Commission on Monday. Calling the results 'economic madness', EU Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes urged mobile networks to scrap extra fees for cross boarder mobile use. According to the Commission, telecoms companies are missing out on a market of around 300 million mobile phone users.
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Digital 13-02-2014

5 million jobs in European app sector by 2018, says EU report

The Commission expects the EU's app sector to employ 4.8 million people by 2018 and contribute €63 billion to the economy, and hopefully have a positive impact on the pressing youth unemployment problem as many developers represent the younger generations.
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Digital 13-02-2014

Kroes: We do not need government control of the internet

In the wake of large-scale internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday a key reform to the way the internet is managed and run. Pursuing a role as honest broker in future global negotiations on internet Governance, the EU executive's proposal calls for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.
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Cybersecurity 12-02-2014

Kroes: Children must be aware of their online rights, responsabilities

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes rewarded the creators of the best online content for kids on Tuesday during a Safer Internet Day event in Brussels. Kroes also launch a Youth Manifesto on how to make a better Internet based on ideas from young people.
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Digital 14-11-2013

Commission welcomes TV, film industry pledge for easier cross-border copyright

European consumers should find it easier to access television and films from their home state when travelling through the continent if pledges made by the audiovisual sector to the Commission yesterday (13 November) are honoured. At a plenary session in Brussels, audiovisual industry participants in the so-called Licences for Europe process made formal pledges on cross-border access and portability of services, user-generated content and micro-licensing, audiovisual heritage and text and data mining.
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Digital 18-09-2013

Why is the internet important? – StartUp Europe Forum, London 2013

At the launch of Campus Party 2013 in London, StartUp Europe Forum brought together the doers and shapers of Europe?s digital community for an eclectic mix of policy and debate, analysis and research, as well as opportunities to connect with Europe?s innovators, hackers and geeks.   We asked participants at the event two questions:   - Why is the internet important? - How will it change the world? - What advice would you give European policy makers about internet, innovation, and e
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Digital 12-09-2013

EC’s Neelie Kroes on the new EU telecoms market plan

Reduced mobile phone roaming charges was the popular leading act in the European Commission's proposal to harmonise the telecoms sector, which also included controversial attempts to level EU access to the internet and radio spectra. The proposals, released yesterday (11 September), are intended to kick-start the underperforming European telecoms sector, in comparison to its US and Asian rivals, and incentivise investment in ultra-fast broadband networks.
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Digital 10-09-2013

EU set to unveil new rules on roaming

The European Commission will adopt a plan on Thursday to scrap mobile roaming charges by 2016 and to boost broadband speed. In a proposal that has already proved unpopular among mobile phone companies, the new draft legislation is seen by the Commission as as the next step to complete a pan-European digital single market. But large networks, including Vodafone, Orange and Telefónica, have complained that capping roaming costs within Europe will cost them a huge amount.
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Digital 11-07-2013

EU, industry to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

The European Commission, member states and industry will invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation. The investment will primarily go to special sectors via five public-private partnerships called Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs).
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Digital 24-05-2013

EU launches first industrial strategy for electronics

The Commission has proposed a new industrial EU strategy for electronics, as the 27-country bloc is at risk of losing the capability to design and manufacture electronic components that are essential for the digital economy.
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Digital 08-02-2013

Storm cloud emerges from EU cybersecurity strategy

While viewed as a “step in the right direction”, the EU’s new cybersecurity strategy is criticised by experts for its lack of clarity on ensuring the safety of cloud computing. The European Commission released its cybersecurity strategy yesterday (7 January) to address concerns and promote greater internet safety. But the obligation put on EU member countries to report cyberattacks are “vague” and appear to do little to protect EU citizens' data stored outside the EU, said lawyer Wim Nauwelaerts.
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Digital 19-12-2012

EU revamps digital agenda

The European Commission launched on Tuesday a list of digital priorities for the next 2 years. Brussels claims these measures can boost Europe's economy and create millions of jobs through investing in digital infrastructure. The new proposals hope to increase broadband investment and accelerating cloud computing. Measures to revamp copyright, e-government and cyber-security are also included.
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Elections 11-09-2012

Dutch elections to test EU popularity amid euro crisis

After an election campaign dominated by the euro zone crisis, the Netherlands will go to the polls on Wednesday in what could be a decisive day for Europe. Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte is currently leading the polls with 35 seats in the 150-seat parliament. His center-right, pro-austerity VVD party is expected to form a coalition government. However, the outcome of the election is still uncertain as many voters remain undecided.
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Digital 08-09-2011

EU to define ICT ambition as future Internet is shaped

The role of Europe in shaping the future of the Internet remains to be defined as the European Union's institutions are bracing for a long battle with governments of the union's 27 member states over the amount of money that is to be made available for research & development projects in the ICT sector. The amount of money that will be assigned to the new Horizon2020 research funding programme will show exactly where Europe's ambitions are when it comes to determining which technologies will serve people online.

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