Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Europe: With a new Commission due to be formed, Viviane Reding is preparing to return to the Information Society portfolio

[euractiv] As negotiations hot up over the composition of the next European Commission, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding is already making plans for a new, broadened mandate with the same portfolio.

Confident of getting a third consecutive mandate, Luxembourg's commissioner has instructed her closest collaborators within the EU executive's information society department to provide new ideas for the next five years, according to EU sources.

Her objective is to find a new flagship policy to match the success of the EU's roaming regulation. Introduced by Reding in 2007, the regulation became one of the most emblematic policies of the Barroso Commission. It introduced a cap on the price of making calls abroad, lowering costs for consumers despite attracting the wrath of the telecoms industry.

Reding makes plans for new Commission term

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