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New European Commissioners announced

Posted by malcolm on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 14:25

Andrus Ansip, a former Estonian Prime Minister, will be Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. According to the Commission announcement

As Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Mr Ansip will work closely with the other Vice-Presidents. In his area of responsibility, he will steer and coordinate the work of several Commissioners, in particular the Commissioners for Digital Economy and Society; Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility; Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs; Regional Policy; and Agriculture and Rural Development

Günther Oettinger will be Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, leading the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG-CONNECT).

In an interesting move, responsibility for both copyright policy and copyright enforcement policy has been moved from DG-MARKT (Internal Market and Services) to DG-CONNECT.

Andrus Ansip’s political affiliation is with the Estonian Reform Party, a liberal, pro-free market party affiliated at the European level with the liberal group ALDE. Günther Oettinger is a member German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the same party as Chancellor Angela Merkel; it is affiliated with the centre-right EPP.

Other appointments of potential interest to the Internet industry include the appointment of the Polish Deputy-Prime Minister Elźbieta Bieńkowska to a reformed DG-MARKT, which has been stripped of responsibility for the financial services sector but has been combined with DG-Enterprise. DG-JUSTICE goes to Vĕra Jourová, a Czech Social Democrat.

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