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Brussels, 13 December 2006

Commission takes steps to enforce EU telecom rules against France, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia

In a new round of proceedings against possible infringements of EU telecom rules, the European Commission has opened two new infringement cases against Poland. The Commission is also sending a reasoned opinion to Slovakia and Latvia, opening the second stage of infringement proceedings. The Commission is referring two Member States (France and Poland) to the European Court of Justice and closing one case against Latvia.

“Compliance with EU law is particularly important in the telecom sector, which is increasingly subject to cross-border competition. This is why the Commission will launch infringement proceedings whenever necessary and not shy away from bringing non-compliant Member States before the European Court of Justice,” said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. "Independence of National Regulatory Authorities is crucial to ensure that the EU’s regulatory framework for electronic communications is correctly and efficiently applied at national level. We also continue to follow up on the availability of caller location information for the Single European Emergency Number 112 because failure of the Member States to act here may have dire consequences for EU citizens.”

The Commission is sending Poland two letters of formal notice in view of concerns as to the independence of the national regulatory authority following new legislation in August and for the unavailability of caller location information for mobile calls to 112.

The Commission also decided to send two reasoned opinions in this round. These concern Latvia for non-availability of caller location information for 112 (see IP/06/464) and Slovakia for the lack of independence of the national regulatory authority which is one remaining grievance since others were settled following new legislation (see IP/05/430). At the same time, following recent confirmation that a comprehensive directory enquiry service is now available in Latvia, the case related to this issue can now be closed.

The Commission is also referring two Member States to the European Court of Justice: France regarding the designation mechanism for universal service, and Poland in view of the incorrect transposition of the Access Directive (see IP/06/948).

A detailed overview of the state of infringement proceedings is available on the DG Information Society and Media’s implementation and enforcement website (

See also MEMO/06/487

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