Commissioner Kroes to her successors: “it’s about a different mindset”

In an exclusive interview with viEUws, Neelie Kroes – European Commissioner for Digital Agenda – discusses the biggest challenges facing her successors with Jennifer Baker.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker created two new positions to replace the current European Commissioner for Digital Agenda. If the European Parliament gives its green light, former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip will become European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Günther Oettinger the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Kroes acknowledges that this new structure – in which two men will have to do one woman’s job – will be challenging, but she supports the idea that more importance will be given to dialogue in the decision making process.

Commissioner Kroes identifies several fields that should be given special attention by the new Commissioners: cyber security, copyright, supporting the development of start-ups, fostering jobs and getting more women on boards. She underlines that including copyright in the portfolio of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society is a very positive move: “excellent that copyright is back in the hands where solutions can be well prepared“.

Two men doing one woman’s job: “I think this is a very challenging organisation form”, says Neelie Kroes

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