Neelie Kroes hails telecentre staff “European heroes”

After reaching more than 120.000 people during the 2011 Get Online Week campaign, the Telecentre-Europe team recognized the invaluable support of Microsoft and Liberty Global and from a range of stakeholders, including the patronage of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for the Digital Agenda.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a video message: “To all those who are involved in Get Online Week, and Europe’s network of telecentres, I want to thank you for your life changing efforts. You are really European heroes! With every person you move from offline to online you are making a better Europe.”

Sylvie Laffarge, Director for Community Affairs for Microsoft in Europe, said: “For Microsoft, Get Online Week was both a celebration of partnership and helping people connect to new opportunities and information through creative action. We are a committed corporate supporter of the goals of the Digital Agenda and this grass-roots and community-led effort was a fabulous way to work across diverse geography toward goals of increased eSkills and inclusion together. We’re proud and pleased with the outcomes of the week and look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future together with all who want to join in supporting this dynamic initiative.”

Finally, Manuel Kohnstamm, Managing Director Public Policy & Communications of Liberty Global said: “Our Corporate Responsibility is founded on Digital Inclusion, thus we are proud to have teamed up with Telecentre Europe for Get Online Week 2011. This concentrated effort to reach the digitally excluded across Europe produced remarkable results and we look forward to multiplying these efforts in the coming year.”