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Implementation of the Telecom Framework

Implementation of the Telecom Framework

Regulatory Coordination & Business (Unit B.1)

A stable regulatory environment ensuring growth, innovation and user choice needs timely and proper implementation of the regulatory framework into national law. 


We monitor that the rules of the EU telecom framework are adequately implemented in Member States in order to underpin a predictable & competition-friendly environment for the benefit of consumers and business users. In doing so, we co-operate closely with stakeholders and Member States authorities.


The most recent reform of the current EU regulatory framework was the 2009 Reform Package. The deadline for its transposition into national legislation was 25 May 2011. By the beginning of 2013, 27 Member States had notified the full transposition of the revised Telecom Framework. Croatia notified full implementation shortly after its accession in July 2013. Implementation is the responsibility of Member States. In order to minimise the risk of fragmentation of the market and lack of a level playing field it is necessary to conduct continuous monitoring, prevention and enforcement of implementation, including analysis of compliance of the national measures with the EU rules and handling of individual complaints. 

The EU regulatory framework for electronic communications as well as Articles 258 and 260 of the TFEU.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
8.50 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Administrative and operational budget will cover: Fact-finding missions to Member States, Studies (on MSS implementation and inventory of national case law), Stakeholder event (Seminar for Judges).

Correspondence with complainants and with Member State authorities (via the EU Pilot)



Prevention and enforcement

Target 10 weeks to assess Member State replies in case of Pilot investigations
Baseline 8% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 0% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)

Benchmarking (Complaints)

Target 12 months to decide to open infringement proceedings or close the case
Baseline 50% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 33% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)

Launch of and follow up on infringement proceedings as appropriate



Benchmarking (infringement proceedings)

Target 36 months to bring a case to the European Court of Justice
Baseline 33% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 25% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)

Results / Impacts

Consistent implementation of the regulatory framework enables competitive provision of telecoms services in the EU and reinforces the internal market. This is leading to higher broadband coverage. Affordable and good quality electronic communications services create a basis for well-functioning digital single market.

Timeframe: 2020



NGA broadband coverage/availability (as a % of households) (lead indicator)

Target Fast broadband (>30Mbps) for all by 2020
Baseline 48 % (end of 2011)
Current 62% (end of 2013)

Percentage of homes within the EU subscribing broadband from 100 Mbps by 2020

Target 50% of homes subscribing to at least 100Mbps by 2020
Baseline 3.0 % (end of 2013)
Current 3.0 % (end of 2013)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband above 30Mbps by 2020
  • DAE - 50% of the EU to subscribe to broadband above100 Mbps by 2020