Neelie Kroes

EU calls for a ‘connected continent’

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe is falling behind in the ICT sector and has called for the EU to “bring down borders” and an “open environment supporting the open internet.” Speaking at Hubforum in Paris, Kroes, who is responsible for the European Commission’s digital agenda, said that the fact that none […]

Telecom package is indivisible, says Kroes

EU vice-president Neelie Kroes has defended her proposals for a single telecom market and has said that she is proposing a complete package that will not be adopted on a piecemeal basis.  Speaking at the Financial Times-European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (FT-ETNO) Summit in Belgium, Kroes said that European telecom operators are currently unable to […]

EC preparing ground for new telecom regulation guidance

The European Commission wants to issue new guidance to national regulators in an attempt to iron out differences in telecom regulation that it says is making European fall behind in the race to roll out high-speed broadband networks. According to the Commission, the current “regulatory mess” is “hurting broadband investment” and making companies reluctant to […]

One week left for EU internet TV consultation

The European Commission’s consultation on media convergence, looking at issues such as connected TV standards, on-demand broadcast rules and TV advertising limitations, is due to close at the end of next week.  The EU initially the Green Paper, called ‘Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values’, back in April and set […]

Kroes warns against over-regulation on net neutrality

European vice-president Neelie Kroes has promised to include rules on guaranteeing unrestricted internet access in her forthcoming package of telecom measures, but has cautioned against over-regulation of access to the net that could stifle innovation. In a blog posting, Kroes said that she aimed to bring to an end the practices of service providers that […]

Kroes firms up telecom single market plan, calls for net neutrality

EU vice-president Neelie Kroes has firmed up her proposals for a single market in telecom services and reiterated that a package will be introduced in September.  Kroes said that the economic boost from a single telecommunications market could be as high as €110 billion a year and that the broadband business could create two million […]

Europe in danger of being sidelined without telecoms single market, says Kroes

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has again called for progress towards a single market in telecommunications and has outlined a number of measures that she would like to implement. At a public hearing at the end of last week, Kroes said that Europe was in danger of being left behind in the race to deploy […]

“Radical” EC Telecom Package could be in place by next Easter, says Kroes

The European Commission should be in a position to deliver a complete Telecoms Single Market package by Easter next year, based on a “radical legislative compromise”, according to Neelie Kroes, EC vice-president. Addressing the European Parliament, Kroes said: “This is the opportunity to stand up and be counted. I will fight with my last breath […]

European Commission urges innovation

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has called on traditional media companies to “adapt and innovate” or risk becoming irrelevant as different sectors of the market increasingly converge. Speaking at the Future Media Lab conference in Brussels, Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, urged industry professionals – including those in the […]

Kroes gets go-ahead to set out stall for telecoms single market

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes is to present a package of new measures designed to create a true single market in telecom services after securing an endorsement of the plan from the European Council. The European Council – the body comprising heads of government of European Union member states – called for “preparatory work” for […]