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Jean-Claude Juncker, the new European Union Council President, made expanding economic growth and jobs the number-one priority of his campaign platform. « The key ingredient, » he declared, is to « create a digital single market for consumers and businesses » with the aspiration of generating €500 billion and “hundreds of thousands of jobs” during the mandate of the incoming Commission. President Juncker is right to recognize the digital economy as a key driver of growth.

To implement this agenda, Juncker was to propose his new line-up of commissioners. He introduced the position of “vice president for the digital single market” with the aim of making Europe “a world leader in information and communications technology, with all the tools to succeed in the global digital economy and society.”

To fill this position, Juncker named former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. He is assigned a broad mandate to “steer and coordinate”…

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