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Europe has to take centre stage for cloud benefits

CBR - Cloud computing revolution has to happen with Europe, not to it, says Neelie Kroes

Cloud computing could help propel Europe out of the economic strife it finds itself in, according to a speech by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda.

Speaking at the European Internet Foundation event on Cloud Computing she stressed that the cloud revolution has to happen with Europe, rather than to it. This means Europe has to take an active role in ensuring everyone gets the full potential the cloud offers, rather than just sitting back and waiting for it to develop around them.

Kroes said that today information and communications technology represent half of Europe's productivity growth. By 2016, she said, the EU Internet economy could be over €800bn; over 5% of GDP.