EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) Digital Agenda VP Neelie Kroes is pushing for a single digital Europe and an end to roaming charges.
Kroes made a speech in which she laid out her plans for a fair, single market, supporting this with a number of statements on Twitter.
In her speech, the VP of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda made a real push for support of her plans, saying that she wants the European parliament to pull together and help the consumer.
Blocking & throttling Internet services, apps hurts us all - no reason 2b anti-competitive like this. Pls back me 2 stop it #netneutrality— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) May 30, 2013
"In telecoms, of all sectors, there is no place for borders! It's called a worldwide web for a reason! There is no other sector of our incomplete European single market where the barriers are so unneeded, and yet so high," she said.
"The time for change is now. Change must come from all directions, but it starts with all of us in this room."
Kroes was addressing a room full of MEPs and her speech was a continuation of her plans to end the digital divide.
We can't afford in Europe all the countless, needless, artificial obstacles placed in the way of a telecoms single market— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) May 30, 2013
She said that members of parliament must pull together, and help create the laws needed for a single market. She said that she is allowing around a year for the delivery of a solution.
"I want to channel your knowledge and passion into the legislation needed to deliver a real single market," she said.
"It is my belief that we can deliver such a package - this full, final, package - around Easter 2014. Imagine that. It will be good for Europe."
Roaming charges have already been reduced in Europe. "Price caps on data mean we have roaming for the smart phone generation. This ends the roaming rip-offs once and for all in the EU," said Kroes when the roaming market was brought under control.
"I am delighted that year after year the European Union is putting money back in the pockets of citizens."
Kroes is not so sure of tough rules these days, and said that she is prepared to soften them to ensure that they get approved as quickly as possible.
"I am not promising a single market package that gives you everything you dreamed of. This package will have to strike a sensitive balance if we are to agree it quickly," she said.
"I am promising to spend the next 12 months building a bridge with you to our citizens, your constituents. Whether they need it for travel, for trade, or for transactions - our people need this reform." µ
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