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Study on creation of a regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry

The European Commission, DG XIII, has published an invitation to tender for a study to examine the regulatory and legal issues associated with the creation of a regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry at a European level. This study is being undertaken in view of the completion of liberalization by 1998 and the development of the global information society.

The analysis carried out in the study should combine consideration of both relevant regulatory and legal issues based on existing policy, and a survey of the views of a representative sample of current and future market players.

The study should focus on:

- Identifying the issues which can best be dealt with at a European level addressing, in particular, the areas of:
. Licensing;
. Resource management;
. Interconnection;
. Assessment of alliances, joint ventures and other forms of cooperation within the telecommunications industry and between the telecommunications sector and other sectors, such as broadcasting and information technologies;

- Analysing potential operational problems which might arise from any split of regulatory responsibilities between the European and the national level and recommending solutions to those problems;

- The legal issues surrounding the creation of such a European level authority and the delegation of certain responsibilities to it, including its legal basis both under current Treaty rules and in the perspective of the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference.
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