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PR(09)84: The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts a simplified procedure for notifying draft regulatory measures by national telecom regulators in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

2.12.2009

The Authority has streamlined its original Recommendation of 2004 (PR(04)28) on notifications, time limits and consultations with a view to reducing bureaucracy and improving efficiency in the cooperation between the national telecom regulators and the Authority.

The simplified notification procedure will apply to:

  • Decisions to withdraw regulation on markets which the Authority presumes no longer need sector-specific regulation (markets no longer contained in the Recommendation on relevant markets as of November 2008, PR (08)65).
  • Decisions not to regulate markets where the Authority presumes sector-specific regulation to be appropriate (markets retained in the Recommendation on relevant markets), but which remain effectively competitive in the Member State concerned.
  • Amendments to technical details of a previously imposed remedy (e.g. delivery times, or the extension of reporting obligations).
  • Extension of existing measures to another market player in a similar situation (particularly in call termination markets).

The Recommendation also invites national regulators to include in the notification of the market analysis the remedies proposed to address the market failures they have identified.  This change has been made in order to improve the efficiency of the notification mechanism, to increase legal certainty for national regulators and market players and to ensure timely implementation of regulatory measures,

The Authority's new Recommendation on notifications, time limits and consultations provided for in Article 7 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC is applicable immediately and has been made accessible on the Authority's webpage under the following link:

http://www.eftasurv.int/


For further information, please contact:

Ms Agnieszka Montoya-Iwanczuk
Senior Officer, Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 59

Mr Alfonso Cercas
Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 15

 

Brussels, 2 December 2009




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