Brussels, 2nd July 2004
First review of markets in new regulatory framework for electronic communication planned for the end of 2005
The Commission will maintain - until the end of 2005 - the present list of electronic communications markets that national regulatory authorities can subject to so-called “ex ante” regulation. The list is contained in a Commission Recommendation on relevant markets and services, which was adopted on 11 February 2003 (the “Recommendation”) (see IP/03/221). Updating the Recommendation at the end of 2005, rather than in June 2004, will provide a period of stability and legal certainty for market players and will lead to a more meaningful assessment of the relevant markets.
Four factors influenced the Commission in setting this schedule for its review of relevant markets in the field of electronic communications:
Reviewing the Recommendation at the end of 2005 will also enable the Commission to gain a better understanding of the situation of electronic communications markets in all Member States, and in particular in the Member States which joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.
The Recommendation on relevant markets and services, which was adopted on
 Commission Recommendation 2003/311/EC of 11 February 2003 on relevant product and services markets within the electronic communications sector susceptible for ex ante regulation in accordance with Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, OJ L114, 8.5.2003, p. 45.