The European Commission publishes its preliminary views on a new EU framework for electronic communications

"Time to deregulate — Commission consultation on a new EU framework for electronic communications"* On 29 June 2006, the Commission published its preliminary views on the future of telecoms regulation in the EU. Although evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the proposals mark an important further step in the transition of this sector from monopoly to competition. They prepare the ground for partially deregulating the sector, leaving large parts of the industry to be governed by competition law only. At the same time, where regulation remains necessary, the Commission calls for more harmonization and more effective enforcement. Suggestions are also made to make administrative procedures less burdensome. The package published in June contains various documents [1]: (i) a Commission

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Inge Bernaerts, The European Commission publishes its preliminary views on a new EU framework for electronic communications, 29 June 2006, e-Competitions June 2006, Art. N° 36748

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