European Countries Face Sanctions for Missing Telecom Rules Deadline
Published on: 4th Jun 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
The European Commission has decided to refer five Member States Belgium The Netherlands Poland Portugal and Slovenia to the EU Court of Justice because they have still not implemented the revised EU telecoms rules into their national laws.
The official deadline for doing so was 25 May 2011.
The Commission has also suggested the Court impose a daily penalty payment on each Member State which would be paid as from the date of the Court's ruling until full transposition of the rules into national law is notified.
The other 22 countries which have implemented EU telecoms rules guarantee more competitive markets for consumers and businesses and give EU customers new rights, such as switching their phone operator in one day without changing the number or being informed without delay when their personal data is stolen online.
The new telecoms rules give EU citizens and businesses higher levels of consumer protection and more choice, such as the ability to switch fixed or mobile phone operator without changing phone number within one working day. These rules also require operators to secure personal data properly and to inform their customers and data protection authorities promptly when personal data is lost. The rules require Internet users to be better informed about data other parties store or access on their devices and improve the tools for fighting spam. They also ensure more consistent and effective regulation of telecoms markets across Europe.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, the Commission may, upon referral of a Member State for not communicating national measures transposing EU rules, propose financial sanctions to be imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. These sanctions take into account the duration and the gravity of the infringement and the size of the Member State concerned.