"The SNELPD Decision in the light of the previous Article 86(3) Decisions of the Commission"* Article 86(3) of the EEC Treaty entrusts the Commission with a specific surveillance duty 'in the case of public undertakings and undertakings to which Member States grant special or exclusive rights'. The Commission must 'where necessary, address appropriate directives or decisions to Member States' which enact or 'maintain in force any measure contrary to the rules contained in the Treaty, in particular to those rules provided for in Article 12 and Articles 81 to 89'. The Commission adopted its first Article 86(3) Decision in 1985. Since then the Commission adopted 16 decisions covering most of the areas where Member States granted special and exclusive rights: posts (4), mobile
The EU Commission applies art. 86(3) of the EC Treaty in a decision addressed to France subsequent to a complaint of a trade association representing the majority of the French mail preparation companies (SNELPD)
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