Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Parliament confirms new European Commission

The news just fly in. The European Parliament has finally confirmed and approved the new European Commission. This is after a round of individual hearings which took place over the last month.

With this parliamentary vote the new Commission led by President Barroso can enter into its term of office.

As reported by forexyard, in his initial speech to the Parliament  President Barroso outlined the top priorities for this Commission:
"The broad priorities are clear: making a successful exit from the crisis; leading on climate action and energy efficiency; boosting new sources of growth and social cohesion to renew our social market economy."
With a dedicated Commissioner, Ms Neelie Kroes, to drive the Digital Agenda in continuation of the Innovation Society, IT technologies and open standards can play a lead role in this context. Only think about all the potential in standards-based, smarter solutions for increasing energy efficiency and of the growing role of information technologies in integrating societies and economies.

It might be a good coincidence that this new Commission will take office early in the new decade - which will hopefully take us out of the current crisis and open many new opportunities to shape the world and the ways we work and live.

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