Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age
The Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age is an Executive Vice President of the European Commission responsible for media and information issues such as telecoms and IT. The current officeholder is Margrethe Vestager since December 2019.
|Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age|
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|Style||Madam Executive Vice President|
|Member of||the European Commission|
|Reports to||President of the European Commission|
|Term length||5 years|
|Precursor||Commissioner for Digital Agenda|
|Formation||7 January 1985|
|First holder||Karl-Heinz Narjes|
Viviane Reding (2004-2010) found a relatively popular policy in seeking to lower roaming charges of mobile phones when travelling within the European Union, stating: "For years, mobile roaming charges have remained unjustifiably high. We are therefore tackling one of the last borders within Europe's internal market". Her legislation to cap roaming charges was approved by the Parliament in April 2007. Reding's successor Neelie Kroes greatly extended the range of the roaming regulation, to include data charges amongst others.
On 7 April 2006 the Commission launched the new ".eu" TLD for websites for EU companies and citizens wishing to have a non-national European internet address. This has proved popular with 2.5M being registered by April 2007. It is now the seventh most popular TLD worldwide, and third in Europe (after .de and .uk)
Reding has also proposed that major European telecom companies be forced to separate their network and service operations to promote competition in the market. The companies, including France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, would still own their networks but the separate management structure would be obliged to treat other operators on an equal basis in offering access to the network. This is opposed to separate ideas to force a full breakup of such companies.
List of commissionersEdit
In the previous Commission information society was linked with Enterprise (now linked with Industry).
|1||Karl-Heinz Narjes||West Germany||1985–1992||Delors Commission I & II|
|2||Antonio Ruberti||Italy||1992–1995||Delors Commission III|
|3||Martin Bangemann||Germany||1995–1999||Santer Commission|
|4||Erkki Liikanen||Finland||1999–2004||Prodi Commission|
|5||Ján Figeľ||Slovakia||2004||Prodi Commission|
|6||Viviane Reding||Luxembourg||2004–2010||Barroso Commission I|
|7||Neelie Kroes||Netherlands||2010–2014||Barroso Commission II|
|8||Günther Oettinger||Germany||2014–2016||Juncker Commission|
|9||Andrus Ansip||Estonia||2017||Juncker Commission|
|10||Mariya Gabriel||Bulgaria||2017–2019||Juncker Commission|
- President Juncker consults the European Parliament on Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society European Commission
- "European Commission". 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- Roaming Charges Portal European Commission
- European parliament backs roaming price cuts Archived 28 September 2007 at Archive.today Computer Business Review Online
- `.eu' Domain Names Top 2.5M in Year One Huffington Post
- EU Commissioner favours telecoms break-up[permanent dead link] Financial Times