The European Commission launches a targeted consultation on the review of the Recommendation on relevant markets in the electronic communications sector adopted in 2014 (2014/710/EU). The aim is to gather information on the state of play and developments of wholesale markets and assess current and potential markets susceptible to ex ante regulation in the sector. The results of the targeted consultation will support the Commission’s preparations of the new Recommendation to be adopted by 21 December 2020.

The appropriate identification of relevant markets susceptible to ex ante regulation is key to the overall functioning of the EU Regulatory Framework and it has been confirmed as a key regulatory tool in the new European Electronic Communications Code. It allows the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to focus their regulatory efforts on markets where competition is not yet functioning effectively. Having a list of pre-identified relevant markets subject to ex ante regulation helps NRAs to regulate these markets in a coordinated manner, thereby contributing to the development of the internal market. A stable and pertinent list of relevant markets is also vital for providing market players with legal certainty and thus stable business planning.

The Commission will review the current Recommendation to take into account major market and technological developments (such as the deployments of 5G networks, internet-based applications and services, the convergence between different types of networks and services and the development of Next Generation Access networks and services) and to reflect the overall observed and expected market trends in the Member States.

Target group

  • Member States
  • National regulatory authorities
  • National competition authorities
  • Electronic communications providers
  • Academics in law and economics
  • Consumer Associations

Period of consultation

The public consultation will last 12 weeks.

It is open from 15/2/2019 until 10/05/2019.

The questionnaire is only available in English. It is possible to reply in any EU language.

How to submit your contribution

In order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process only responses received through our online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the report summarising the responses. The responses received will be available on the Commission website unless confidentiality is specifically requested. To this end we would like kindly ask you to clearly indicate if you would not like your responses to be publicly available. In case your response includes confidential data please also provide a non-confidential version of your response.

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Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

View the contributions

Read the replies to the consultation that the European Commission has received.

Results of the consultation and next steps

The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. The findings of this consultation and the ongoing Commission study will determine the scope of the review and feed into the Commission's upcoming Recommendation.