EC drops telecoms infringement cases

The European Commission has dropped 18 cases of possible infringements of EU telecoms rules, saying member states have taken sufficient steps to comply.

The European Commission has dropped 18 cases of possible infringements of EU telecoms rules, saying member states have taken sufficient steps to comply.

European member states have put in place satisfactory new measures - ranging from enabling national telecoms regulatory authorities to promote competition, to protecting telephone users' privacy – the commission has decided.

Information society and media commissioner Viviane Reding said, “I am satisfied that national measures to enforce EU telecoms rules are getting results.”

She added, “It is good news for consumers that comprehensive directory and enquiry services are being made available in almost all member states. Many users are also now availing themselves of the possibility, foreseen in EU rules, to keep their numbers when switching to cheaper operators.”

But the commission would remain vigilant and would launch new infringement proceedings whenever necessary, she warned.

The commission also announced that five new cases have been opened, four of them over breaches of the EU Universal Service Directive, which imposes obligations on electronic communications network operators to provide a minimum set of services to all users at an affordable price.

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