Remember, she's the one who called the Internet 'virgin soil' last year.
USA's health.gov launch was very mature then?
As public agencies go, it is a virgin soil. EU wants to transition all of the bureaucracy to electronic form to make it accessible EU-wide. That is something nobody done yet. So yeah, it is virgin soil.
Every other week some European politician speaks up, demanding billions of tax payer's money to create an independent European IT industry.
Independent of USA - yes, why not. The investments into R&D around IT industry here in EU wouldn't harm. You see problem from the perspective of newswire headlines. Living in Germany, I see the problem from inside: education system is inadequate and there are simply not enough specialists. EU can build its own computers and OSs: knowledge is here, but the lack of specialists makes it very expensive and impractical. This is the chicken and egg problem all over again: no specialists, leads to no projects, no projects leads to no demand for specialists, leads to no specialists.
At the same time, these guys complain that they can't run their offices with Linux
I've seen few German offices using SUSE already 10 years ago.