UPDATE: Ministry of Communications assures the next stages of infringement will not be reached

Newsroom 20/07/2011 | 17:45

UPDATE: The Ministry of Communications announced it “took notice” of the fact that the European Commission has started the infringement procedure against Romania for failure to implement European legislation in electronic communications, according to a press release sent to the media.   

 “The Ministry of Communications was not officially notified by the European Commission regarding the launch of the infringement procedure for not implementing the regulation framework in communications,” says the press release.

 After the receipt of the official letter from the European Commission, MCSI will have at its disposal two months to answer the notice of the European institution.

 The bill is currently on the agenda of the Romanian parliament since March 2011, under the form of an initiative formulated by the majority of the members of the Commission for Information Technology within the Chamber of Deputies. 

 The initiative transposes the stipulations of the new regulation framework in electronic communications and has received the approval of the government.

 However, for procedure reasons, debates concerning this bill have not taken place yet in the European Parliament. The first discussions will take place starting with September 2011.

 “The Ministry of Communications expresses its conviction that the bill regarding electronic communications will be approved on time so that the next stages of the infringement procedure will not be reached,” goes the press release. 

The European Commission (EC) launched an infringement procedure against Romania and other 19 European states for failure to implement on time European legislation in telecommunications.

 Apart from Romania, other states that fall under the infringement procedure are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

 These states have not taken measures to transpose the new European norms into their national legislation, even though the deadline for doing so was May 25th

 These new EU regulations offer companies and consumers new rights regarding internet access and mobile services, which include more transparency regarding services, better protection of personal data online, as well as the possibility for clients to transfer their number to a different network in just one day. 

The EC has officially requested from the 20 states information regarding the implementation stages they’re in, which they must answer within 2 months. If the information sent back is not satisfactory, the Commission can send a formal request of implementation. Eventually, the European Court of Justice can be the deciding factor.

Otilia Haraga

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