Steve Jobs was in Brussels yesterday where he met Mick Jagger, John Elkann and other important names from the IT, Internet and music industries. The meeting of big names was requested by Neelie Kroes European Commissioner for Competition; the goal: to discuss the opportunities and barriers for e-commerce in Europe, especially in the music sector.
The European Commissioner said that: "The web music trade has not had the progress I was hoping for, I need to know if the European competition rules are adequate or not". The pool of experts designated as consultants will have to prepare a report on the situation on the European market which will be presented to the committee by October.
In addition to the founder of Apple and the myth of rock Sir Mick Jagger, the pool of consultants includes Ben Verwaayen CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, Bernard Arnault CEO of LVMH, John Donahoe CEO of Ebay, John Elkann CEO of Fiat, Roger Faxon CEO of EMI, Bernard Miyet Ceo Sacem, Peter Vicary Smith Ceo of the United Kingdom consumer association.
The news was made public with an official press release from yesterday available on this Web page. In this article we reproduce some photographs of yesterday's meeting: in the first visible Steve Jobs on the left, the European Commissioner Neelie Kroes in the center and Bernard Arnault Ceo of LVMH on the right.
In the second shot, John Donahoe president and eBay CEO, Commissioner Neelie Kroes in the center and Eddie Cue vice president of iTunes are visible, while Jobs on the right. Finally we reproduce a photograph depicting Mick Jagger with the European Commissioner and the group photo with all the participants of the Brussels meeting.