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Commission confirms commitment to telecoms liberalization

At a recent meeting in Strasbourg, the Commission confirmed its commitment to the liberalization of telecommunications in Europe by 1 January 1998, and reviewed existing derogations in the Member States.

Mr. Van Miert, Commissioner responsible for competition policy emphasize...
At a recent meeting in Strasbourg, the Commission confirmed its commitment to the liberalization of telecommunications in Europe by 1 January 1998, and reviewed existing derogations in the Member States.

Mr. Van Miert, Commissioner responsible for competition policy emphasized the need to reduce such derogations to a minimum, setting out a number of reasons for this:

- According to the relevant Directives in this area, transition periods may only be accorded in relation to the level of development of the network;

- The Council and the Commission have, on several occasions, stressed the importance of rapid liberalization in the interests of economic growth and the development of the Information Society;

- It is important for the countries concerned to integrate as quickly as possible into the European telecommunications market in order to benefit from the corresponding investments and services.

The liberalization of telecommunications within the European Union may also have a significant influence of international negotiations on telecommunications within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is important that the calendar for internal liberalization be as close as possible to 1998, in the majority of countries, as 1998 is also the target year for global liberalization of telecommunications.

Particular emphasis was placed on the case of Spain which is especially important within the WTO negotiations in view of the size of the Spanish domestic market and the presence of its dominant operator in several Latin American countries. Mr. Van Miert, therefore, called on Spain to confirm, as quickly as possible, its willingness to renounce a derogation and commit itself formally to the 1998 deadline.
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