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14 May 2009

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14 05 2009 - Independence of Telecoms Regulators: Commission launches - infringement case against Slovakia

The European Commission today expressed concerns that Slovakia does not adequately protect the independence of its national telecoms regulator (TÚSR). The Slovak Parliament dismissed the chairman of TÚSR on 4 December 2008. This procedure, and the rules that allow it, do not comply with EU rules that say national laws must guarantee the independence of the regulator from interference that could affect the impartiality of its decisions. The letter of formal notice that the Commission sent today is the first stage of an infringement proceeding against a Member State not complying with EU rules which can eventually lead to a case before the European Court of Justice.

14 05 2009 - Telecoms: Commission takes legal action against Bulgaria so that consumers can change their fixed phone operator while keeping their number

The Commission today opened an infringement procedure against Bulgaria for failing to introduce number portability for fixed-line phones, when phone users change their operator but want to keep their phone number. When it joined the EU in 2007, Bulgaria was allowed to postpone the introduction of number portability until 1 January 2009, a deadline that has now passed without results. As required by the EU telecoms rules, phone users of all other Member States, and, since April 2008, mobile phone users in Bulgaria, can have their numbers ported to other operators. Bulgaria now has two months to reply to the Commission.

14 05 2009 - Independence of Telecoms Regulators: Commission launches infringement case against Slovakia

The European Commission today expressed concerns that Slovakia does not adequately protect the independence of its national telecoms regulator (TÚSR). The Slovak Parliament dismissed the chairman of TÚSR on 4 December 2008. This procedure, and the rules that allow it, do not comply with EU rules that say national laws must guarantee the independence of the regulator from interference that could affect the impartiality of its decisions. The letter of formal notice that the Commission sent today is the first stage of an infringement proceeding against a Member State not complying with EU rules which can eventually lead to a case before the European Court of Justice.

14 05 2009 - European Commission paves the way for European mobile satellite services

European consumers and businesses, particularly in rural areas, can expect to benefit from innovative wireless communication services after the European Commission selected two operators, Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited, to provide mobile satellite services across Europe. The services, such as high-speed internet access, mobile television and radio or emergency communications, will be provided over a specifically reserved spectrum. Both satellite operators demonstrated an advanced level of technical and commercial ability to provide these services.



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