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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Margrethe Vestager

since 1 December 2019
StyleMadam Executive Vice President
Member ofthe European Commission
Reports toPresident of the European Commission
Term length5 years
PrecursorCommissioner for Digital Agenda
Formation7 January 1985; 37 years ago (1985-01-07)
First holderKarl-Heinz Narjes

The portfolio was previously Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (previously for Digital Agenda). Mariya Gabriel served as Digital Economy and Society Commissioner from 2017 to 2019.[1][2]

Viviane RedingEdit

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".[3] Her legislation to cap roaming charges was approved by the Parliament in April 2007.[4] 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)[5]

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.[6]

List of commissionersEdit

In the previous Commission information society was linked with Enterprise (now linked with Industry).

Name Country Period Commission
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
11 Margrethe Vestager   Denmark 2019–2024 Von der Leyen Commission

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ President Juncker consults the European Parliament on Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society European Commission
  2. ^ "European Commission". 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ Roaming Charges Portal European Commission
  4. ^ European parliament backs roaming price cuts Archived 28 September 2007 at archive.today Computer Business Review Online
  5. ^ `.eu' Domain Names Top 2.5M in Year One Huffington Post
  6. ^ EU Commissioner favours telecoms break-up[permanent dead link] Financial Times

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