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PR(04)28: EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts Recommendations and Guidelines in preparation for the entry into force of the new regulatory framework for electronic communications

16.7.2004

On 14 July 2004, the EFTA Surveillance Authority adopted soft law measures provided for by the new regulatory framework for electronic communications due to enter into force in the European Economic Area (EEA) in autumn 2004. The measures adopted consist of a Recommendation on relevant product and services markets susceptible to ex ante regulation, Guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of significant market power, and a Recommendation on notifications, time limits and consultations provided for in Article 7 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC.

In order to ensure homogeneity throughout the EEA, the Authority has taken due account of the parallel Recommendations and Guidelines already issued by the European Commission. The soft law measures are adapted to the EEA context where necessary and aligned with the Authority's working procedures. Prior to adoption, the Authority consulted the general public and the national authorities in the EFTA States on the draft Recommendation on relevant markets. The EFTA States were also invited to comment upon the draft Guidelines which were made available for information on the Authority's website.

In addition, on 23 June 2004, the Authority convened the first meeting of the EFTA Communications Committee Assisting the EFTA Surveillance Authority in the discharge of its functions under the new regulatory regime. Through the EFTA Communications Committee, the EFTA States have delivered a favourable opinion on the draft Recommendation on notifications, time limits and consultations as put forward by the Authority.

The EFTA Communications Committee's primary role is to deliver opinions on proposed measures put forward by the Authority, such as recommendations and guidelines and any negative decisions on proposed measures notified by national regulatory authorities in the EFTA States pursuant to Article 7 of the Framework Directive. The European Commission and representatives of the EU Member States are invited to participate as observers in the meetings of the Committee.

For any further information please contact Ms. Dessy Choumelova, Officer, Competition and State Aid Directorate (+32 2 286 1859) or Mr. Frank Büchel, Officer, Internal Market Directorate (+32 2 286 1862).




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