Digital Agenda for Europe
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Commission calls for action to boost competitiveness of the Radio and Telecommunications equipment industry

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A new Commission report confirms that the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive has successfully met its aims. The 1999 Directive provided harmonised rules for the terminal equipment sector, whose products include everything from mobile phones to car remote controls. The Directive had twin objectives: to remove differing national regulations which prevented the creation of a single European market and to ensure a high level of safety and health protection. However, to consolidate the strong position European manufacturers enjoy in network infrastructure and the mobile phone market, the Commission is recommending a technical review of the legislation. This is needed to examine whether changes to current rules are needed to take account of technological developments and growing international competition.
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