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Brussels, 17 October 2007

EU Telecom rules: Commission concerned on lack of availability of 112 in Bulgaria

In a new round of proceedings for infringements of EU telecom rules, the European Commission has welcomed the completion of legislation to implement EU rules in Bulgaria and Romania by closing six non-communication cases. However, the Commission has decided to launch an infringement proceeding against Bulgaria for lack of availability of the European emergency number 112. The Commission has also decided to close four proceedings and to withdraw one application to the Court of Justice following progress that has been achieved in the different Member States.

“I welcome the fact that the Commission could close a number of proceedings in this infringement round. However, we will continue to closely monitor implementation in the Member States and also follow-up on existing cases since consistent regulatory conditions in Europe are essential especially before the telecoms reform. We are also keeping a very watchful eye on Bulgaria and Romania to ensure that the two Member States become fully compliant with the framework,” said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding.

The Commission’s new case against Bulgaria relates to the non-availability of the Single European emergency number 112. On the other hand, the Commission has closed all five relevant non-communication cases against Bulgaria following notification of the new national legislation. The last pending non-communication case against Romania could also be closed following notification of new national legislation completing transposition measures for the Universal Service Directive.

The Commission has closed the case against Estonia relating to market analysis following notifications of all 18 markets. The case against Cyprus is also being closed since all markets except for the one on international roaming, which is now obsolete following the entry into force of the regulation, have been notified.

Caller location information for calls made to 112 is now available in Greece and Portugal. The case against Greece is therefore being closed while the application filed in the Court of Justice against Portugal is being withdrawn.

The Commission is also closing the case against the United Kingdom relating to directory services in view of the fact that entries in the comprehensive directory are now possible for mobile subscribers.

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/07/414

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