The EU Commission is at a make or break moment to save the telecom industry from continued decline from their misguided policies. Not a moment too soon, the commission is transitioning to a new leadership formed by European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker, former head of state of Luxembourg. Meanwhile outgoing Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes quipped, “The Digital Agenda is so important that I will be replaced by three men.”
The three men Kroes refers to are German Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (approved); and the pending appointments of former Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen as Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and former Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip, Vice President Designate for the Digital Agenda.
Old wine in new bottles?
Much of what the new politicians have said is what they believe people want to hear: rebooting the economy, increasing competitiveness, and creating jobs. But until we see effective action, the rhetoric is just the EU’s old wine in new bottles.