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Brussels, 1 March 2001

Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on key Telecom Directives

The European Commission today warmly welcomed the European Parliament's completion of its first reading of three important Directives dealing with the proposed new regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (proposals for Directives on respectively authorisation, access and interconnection and the so-called framework Directive). Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner responsible for Enterprise and Information Society, said "the three directives will be central to the success of Europe's knowledge based economy and its future competitiveness. I am pleased that the European Parliament is supporting the Commission in seeking to establish procedures that would ensure transparency and co-ordination of decisions made by national regulatory authorities. This will ensure a level playing field for operators in the European market. We need to guarantee that there is a Single Market for telecoms. If this is not the case the development of the entire sector will be hampered - and I am referring, in particular, to the different licensing conditions imposed by the Member States for the 3rd generation mobile services. Europe has to maintain its lead as the world leader in mobile communications. Getting the regulatory framework right is an important element in the process. I therefore encourage the European Parliament to make rapid progress on adopting its Opinion on the Commission's proposal for a Decision on radio spectrum policy."

For more details on the proposals in question, see IP/00/749.

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