EC reshuffle bumps antitrust chief Kroes

Neelie Kroes, who is best known for handling the European Union's antitrust case against Microsoft, is designated as the new digital agenda commissioner.

Karen Friar

Neelie Kroes EC

Competition commissioner Neelie Kroes and telecommunications commissioner Viviane Reding will take on new duties under a European Commission lineup announced Friday.

Kroes is designated as the digital agenda commissioner, with oversight of the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) and the Information Society Directorate General, which supports IT activities. As such, she is responsible for increasing online access to content and for the digital economy. She has also been named a vice president of the European College, the group of all the commissioners.

At the start of her five years as competition commissioner, Kroes handled the EU's antitrust investigation into Microsoft, which ended in a 497 million euro fine for the software giant.

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