Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission Directorate General

Regulatory Coordination & Users: Implementation of the Telecoms Framework

Regulatory Coordination & Users: Implementation of the Telecoms Framework

Regulatory Coordination & Users (Unit B.2)
Goal

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

Action

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 Member States authorities and other stakeholders.

Situation

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.

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

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
7.00
People: 
7.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Budget: 
Administrative and operational budget will cover:Fact-finding missions to Member States, Studies
Outputs

Correspondence with complainants and with Member State authorities including EU Pilot correspondence and the launch of and follow up on infringement proceedings as appropriate

Indicators

3676

Prevention and enforcement

Target 10 weeks to assess Member State replies in case of pilot investigations
Baseline 13% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 20% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)

Benchmarking (Complaints)

Target 12 months to decide to open infringement proceedings or close the case
Baseline 64% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 54% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)

Benchmarking (infringement proceedings)

Target 36 months to bring a case to the European Court of Justice
Baseline 15% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2012)
Current 25% of cases outside the benchmark (end of 2013)
Results/Impacts

Consistent implementation and application of the EU rules in the Member States enable competitive provision of telecoms services in the EU and reinforces the internal market.End users in turn will benefit from good quality and affordable services, enjoy

Timeframe: 2015

Indicators

166

Individuals who are regular internet users (at least once a week) (lead indicator)

Target 75% of population using internet regularly (By 2015)
Baseline 70% (2012)
Current 71.7% (2013)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband by 2013
  • 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
  • DAE - The difference between roaming and national tariffs to approach zero by 2015

Following adoption in codecision of a Regulation based on the Commission's proposal, the unit will include implementation of that law in the implementation and monitoring activity.