This Communication assesses the functioning of the Community consultation mechanism for electronic communications and the experience gained so far in its application. In its first two years, the consultation mechanism under Article 7 has given the Commission deep insight into developments on e-communication markets across the EU. This process is unfortunately not yet complete, but the Commission nonetheless considers it appropriate to share this knowledge with a wider audience. The conclusions set out in this Communication are a first assessment of the procedures and findings of this new instrument. They provide input for the forthcoming review of the regulatory framework, including the Commission’s Recommendation on relevant markets, in 2006.