|08/03/2012 Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda eGovernment: towards the future Opening remarks at Meeting of eGovernment Expert Group, CeBIT Hannover, 6 March 2012|
“Virtually all of you are involved in one or several of the Large Scale Pilots. One of you is even present in all five of them!
I greatly value this form of financial and political commitment. In Poznan I saw first-hand the strong political will to make sure that digital barriers to the Single Market become a thing of the past.
Let us not miss the opportunity. Let us agree on a list of key cross-border services to be made available on-line by 2015. From the discussions in Poznan I believe we are nearly there, but we must not be complacent.
We also need to make sure that all citizens and businesses can benefit from the work being done through the Large Scale Pilots.
We must guarantee their technical and financial sustainability. I simply cannot accept that all the efforts invested go to waste.
For this reason we are proposing to allocate over 9 billion Euros of the overall Connecting Europe Facility to the development of digital infrastructures. This includes super-fast broadband, but also interconnected, on-line public services such as eProcurement, eID, eHealth and eJustice.
This will affect all of you. As such you have a stake in ensuring that the final proposal adopted by Member States and Parliament provides the resources required to complete the Digital Single Market.”Read full speech