Photo: Neelie Kroes, the EU's European Commissioner for Competition. (copyright ©2008 European Community)

Neelie Kroes, the EU's European Commissioner for Competition, in a video on her Web site, says competition keeps business people awake, and gives consumers the best quality and lowest price. "I am the referee," said Kroes.

In a breakfast speech yesterday morning, Kroes addressed competition in the technology sector, and what she called simplistic answers to a number of issues regarding proprietary vs. open standards.

"We need an approach to standards that is based on evidence, on economics and on experience," she said.


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Wayne Hanson  |  Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government