Neelie Kroes gets top EU media job
Chris Forrester

The European Union's new media and "digital lady" is Neelie Kroes.

Kroes was the EU's powerful Competition Commissioner for 5 years but becomes Europe's ‘digital agenda commissioner' in a shake-up at Brussels announced Nov 27.

She takes over from Viviane Reding (who goes from the Commission for Information Society and Media, to the Commission for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship).

The commissioners must now gain approval from the European Parliament in January before taking up their new offices. Barroso nominated a total of 26 commissioners, including nine women, and appointed seven vice presidents in total.