ESOA welcomes the new European Commission




11 September 2014

ESOA welcomes the announcement of the allocation of portfolios within the new Juncker Commission. In particular it is encouraging that President-elect Juncker wishes to focus efforts on ensuring effective implementation of policies within Member States using an efficient, user-centric approach. We are confident that such a stance will help in delivering Internet Connectivity to all European citizens quickly and affordably and allow them to access high quality content in the latest digital formats on all devices, no matter where they live. We congratulate Vice-President-elect Andrus Ansip, Commissioner-elect Günther Oettinger and Commissioner-elect Šefčovič on their respective nominations for the posts of Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and Commissioner for Transport and Space.

ESOA members include the world's leading and most successful satellite operators as well as national and regional operators. Between them they are leaders in digital transmissions and testament to Europe's outstanding industrial base in space. ESOA is committed to supporting the Commissioners in helping them achieve their objectives; namely through the development of inclusive and converged communications networks which serve the needs of all European users and by securing Europe's economic and industrial competitiveness in a field where it already has a competitive edge: satellite technology.

Comments Aarti Holla, Secretary General ESOA: "ESOA encourages the new Commissioners to adopt a coherent, service-driven approach to giving users access to digital services and to ensure sound spectrum management to deliver the regulatory certainty needed as a basis for private investment by satellite operators into future satellite networks".

About ESOA:
ESOA is a Brussels-based trade association whose membership brings together all European, Middle-East and African satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. Set up in 2002, the association's mission is to provide a unified voice and a platform for collaboration for satellite operators to ensure the continued success of the sector and to broaden the opportunities for policy makers to leverage satellite services to fulfil their objectives.

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