European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
The Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (previously for Digital Agenda) is a member of the European Commission responsible for media and information issues such as telecoms and IT. Günther Oettinger has held the office since November 1, 2014.
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 commissioners
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–||Juncker Commission|
- Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology
- Regulation on roaming charges in the European Union
- Roaming Charges Portal European Commission
- European parliament backs roaming price cuts Computer Business Review Online
- `.eu' Domain Names Top 2.5M in Year One Huffington Post
- EU Commissioner favours telecoms break-up Financial Times