The European Commission today decided to withdraw proceedings against Luxembourg for persistent delays in analysing relevant markets as the Luxembourgish authorities notified the Commission of the missing market analyses.

The European Commission referred Luxembourg to the Court in October 2014 because its National Regulatory Authority (NRA), the Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation (ILR), had failed to carry out a timely analysis of the relevant markets for fixed access to the public telephone network (Market 1) and for leased lines (Market 6), in breach of EU telecoms rules.

The consequence of not carrying out timely analysis of the relevant markets is that regulation may be imposed when it is no longer needed, which would lead to negative consequences for investment incentives, for innovation, and for competition in the market.

In January and February 2015, Luxembourg notified the Commission of the market analyses. The Commission reviewed the notifications and concluded that the proceedings against Luxembourg for non-compliance with its obligations under Article 16 of the Framework Directive can be withdrawn.