The hearing of Commissioner-designate Kroes hearing was quite insightful, she was able to make her point and strongly endorsed open standards, interoperability policies and network neutrality. What I enjoyed in particular was that she didn’t speak “Europayish” language and was very articulate.
One question was funny, because the Bulgarian MEP basically asked Kroes to set up an institution that does the same as ENISA (or: is supposed to do), an European Cyberczar. Kroes answered with some general anecdotes about criminal activities in cyberspace. It looked a bit like the MEP was briefed by clueless lobbyists and linked it with data detention. Kroes then answered instead on “data protection” which was the portfolio of Commissioner V. Reding.
On software patents Kroes focussed on interoperability within her portfolio.
“We should discuss what about software patents…”
She mentioned she was predictable, you’ll get what you got. You have to agree with that. Who cares for specific sermon and agendas when a Commissioner is intelligent?
Otherwise, what do you expect a Commissioner designate to tell MEPs about their own preconceptions? That is is no smart idea to let the “it security industry” set the agenda of the Commission and fraternize with them?
Kroes is the perfect person for the position of a “Digital Agenda” Commissioner. Agenda policy is usually a slow and ineffective snowball process driven by technocratic sermon, an undisputed lie or truth in the center of it all. Having someone involved who is still able to talk plain language and check the premises is very much beneficial. Most digital policy matters require a strong focus on market order. Who would be better qualified than Kroes to get that right?