Commissioner Kroes delighted with INTUG collaboration, June 22 2010


Commissioner Kroes delighted with INTUG collaboration
During meeting, Commissioner for Digital Agenda requests immediate input and regular updates

European business users of communications services have an important role to play in achieving the Digital Agenda: that was the starting point in the discussions between an INTUG delegation and Commissioner Kroes on June 22. INTUG and business representatives explained to the very interested Commissioner the barriers that prevent the full benefits of the EU single market being felt, and how seamless international Network Services would enable users to invest in ICT Strategies, which produce more efficient business processes.

During the meeting, the Commissioner and the delegation discussed a wide range of topics, from the importance of protecting competition for next generation networks, to the need for an effective international mobile market, the continuing problem of excessive charges in roaming and termination rates, and the impact of inconsistent standards for privacy and for SIP telephony. 

Commissioner Kroes
From left to right: Leonard Pera, AUTELSI (Spanish user Group), Board member INTUG, Danielle Jacobs, BELTUG/Vice-President Europe INTUG, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner Digital Agenda, Rosemary Sinclair, AUTUG (Australian user Group)/President INTUG, Freddy Van den Wijngaert, CIO Agfa, Belgium,  Nick White, Executive Vice President INTUG, Erik Verhulst, Global Manager Infrastructure & Operations, Nyrstar, Belgium, Jon Neville, General Manager, EVUA (International user group), Board member INTUG, David Harrington, Head of Regulatory Affairs, CMA (UK Users Group)

The topic of standards was particularly timely for Ms. Kroes. Freddy Van den Wijngaert, CIO Agfa and Erik Verhulst, Global Manager Infrastructure & Operations, Nyrstar described how the lack of standards impacts businesses.

The Commissioner asked some of the delegates to stay behind to immediately put together a written opinion on standards for her to use at her next meeting that day.

At the end of the meeting, Ms Kroes commented on how important the views of users are to her in her work, and asked INTUG to provide regular updates on specific issues of concern as they come up, outside of the usual submissions to Commission consultations. INTUG looks forward to building on this productive relationship with the Commissioner.

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