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Article 7 procedures - Telecom sector

The EU Regulatory Framework gives the European Commission powers to oversee the national regulatory measures, by way of the consultation and transparency procedures provided for under Article 7 of the Electronic Communications Framework Directive. These procedures require national regulatory authorities (NRAs) to conduct a "national" and a "Community" consultation on the regulatory measures they intend to take - comprising definition and analysis of relevant markets and the proposed imposition or removal of regulation on undertakings providing electronic communications networks or services - prior to adoption. The Commission may comment on the draft measures, and in certain cases, exercise its veto power requiring their withdrawal.

Cases based on Article 4(3) (Treaty on European Union) and Articles 106 or 258 (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)

"Liberalisation" decisions by the Commission are mainly based on Article 106 of the TFEU, and concern competition law aspects of liberalisation