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Kroes seeks EU net neutrality pledge

The vice president for the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, Neelie Kroes, has issued a call for the formation of a single EU telecoms market before the next European election in spring 2014, and a guarantee of net neutrality across the continent.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

Speaking at the European Parliament earlier today (May 30th), Kroes said: “I want you to be able to go back to your constituents and say that you were able to end mobile roaming costs.

“I want you to be able to say that you saved their right to access the open Internet, by guaranteeing net neutrality. I want you to be able to say we took real action on cybercrime and other threats.”

She said that a single European market would result in growth stimulated by breaking down barriers and that it would create a “strong and digital economy” for young people to escape the unemployment trap.

Kroes argued that elderly people who need new digital services to stay healthy and active would also benefit from the reform.

Promising that “digital dividends can bring social ones”, the commissioner observed that there is still a struggle to push other telecoms and digital issues to the top of the political agenda, and said that a strong single market package is the way to change that.

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