The retiring head of the European Commission’s digital policy, Neelie Kroes, saw out her last day on Friday after five years in the role.
In a farewell note, Kroes thanked everyone who “realises that Europe can be digital, wants to be digital, needs to be digital, with the determination to face a strong, dynamic future.”
“These issues will remain close to my heart and important to my future: you can rest assured I will not be tending the roses in my retirement,” said Kroes.
Her role will now be divided up and three European commissioners will succeed her: Günther Oettinger, commissioner-designate for the Digital Economy and Society; Andrus Ansip, vice president-designate for the Digital Single Market; and Jyrki Katainen, vice president-designate for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness.
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