Functional internal market and quality regulatory framework are conditions for future development of EU Telecoms

The aim of the conference “Next steps in EU Telecoms” was to discuss the regulatory framework and appropriate measures that would stimulate investments in digital infrastructure.

The Telecom Ministers of the EU Member States and a delegation of the European Commission led by the Media and Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding met today in Prague to discuss the future development of the electronic communications sector in the EU.

Digital technologies are one of the main pillars of the EU economic competitiveness. Investments into electronic communications represent an important tool which can significantly accelerate the process of tackling the current economic crisis. This is why European companies need to be backed by a quality regulatory framework that will allow them to maintain a competitive position on the world market and provide innovative solutions and quality services to their customers.

“I am happy that the EU Member States agree that  the new regulatory framework following the adoption of the telecoms package should create conditions for investments, particularly into new infrastructure. Maintaining a stable and functioning telecoms market means that new rules must not contradict the rules protecting economic competition”, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Martin Říman stated during the conference.

The adoption of the telecoms package, which was the second topic of ministerial discussion today, will bring a significant impulse to stimulate the future development of EU telecoms sector. The Czech Presidency opened the final phase of negotiations on the telecoms package in January 2009.

So far, the progress of the talks with the European Parliament has shown that to find a compromise on the telecoms package, agreement will have to be negotiated on five crucial issues: radio spectrum policy, next generation access networks, the power of the Commission to harmonise the internal telecommunications market, the veto power of the Commission on decisions of national regulators and strengthening the cooperation between independent regulators.

“Our discussion today has shown that the Member States are willing to reach an agreement with the European Parliament and the Commission. As the country holding the Presidency we wanted to make sure that in controversial issues we can go further beyond the common position accepted by the Member States in November last year. The Member States expressed confidence in the Czech Presidency´s negotiation strategy. However, as the saying goes, nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed,“ Minister Martin Říman said.

The telecoms package is a set of legislative measures which aim to establish a new regulatory framework in diverse areas of the EU telecommunications market. It represents a unique opportunity to adjust the regulatory framework to the contemporary technological and economic development in the electronic communications sector. The draft legislation was published by the Commission in November 2007. The Member States agreed on their common position in November 2008. The second reading on the telecoms package will be launched officially on February 19 in the European Parliament.



Contact:

  • Tomáš Bartovský, Spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Trade,
  • tel.: +420 224 853 311, GSM: +420 602 508 328; e-mail:bartovsky@mpo.cz

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