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PR(05)17: Liechtenstein fails to implement the electronic communications regulatory package


The EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered a reasoned opinion to Liechtenstein today for failing to implement into national law the new regulatory framework for electronic communications.

The regulatory package consists of a number of legislative measures aimed at further liberalising and harmonising the market for electronic communications networks and services in Europe. Broadcasting networks are now also subject to the same rules.

The reasoned opinion concerns in particular the following Directives:

  • The Access Directive (2002/19/EC);
  • The Authorisation Directive (2002/20/EC);
  • The Framework Directive (2002/21/EC);
  • The Universal Service Directive (2002/22/EC); and
  • The Directive on competition in the markets for electronic communications networks and services (2002/77/EC).

The new regulatory framework entered into force in the EU on 25 July 2003. The European Commission took already a number of EU States to Court in April 2004 for failure to ensure timely transposition.

The incorporation of the new package into the EEA Agreement has been delayed. However, Liechtenstein should have transposed these Directives into national law before 1 November 2004. None of the said Directives have been taken into national law as of yet.

The purpose of a reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Liechtenstein has been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Niels Fenger (Director, Legal & Executive Affairs), tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30.

22 June 2005

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