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Mutual recognition of licences to operate telecommunications services on public networks

A Commission proposal for a Council Directive on the mutual recognition of licences and other national authorizations to operate telecommunications services, including the establishment of a single Community telecommunications licence and the setting up of a Community Telecomm...

A Commission proposal for a Council Directive on the mutual recognition of licences and other national authorizations to operate telecommunications services, including the establishment of a single Community telecommunications licence and the setting up of a Community Telecommunications Committee (COM(92) 254 submitted on 18.8.1992) aims to establish a single market in services provided on public telecommunications networks by allowing a service provider who is authorized to operate telecommunications services in one Member State, whether by a licence or by other means, to provide some or all of these services throughout the Community without having to obtain individual licences or authorizations from other Member States. It is proposed that each Member State shall ensure that any national authorization may be granted recognition in the form of a single Community telecommunications licence, permitting the service provider to pursue any or all of the authorized activities throughout the Community by establishing branches or by providing services. The Community telecommunications licence will not free its holders from the obligation to comply with national legislation that is not specifically related to telecommunications. The Directive sets out rules concerning: Mutual recognition by individual application, recognition by service category, procedural provisions, the setting up of a Community Telecommunications Committee (CTC), and final provisions. It is proposed that Member States bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive before 1 July 1993.

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