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The Italian way to telecoms reform

Italy is making a frantic push for member states to reach agreement on a landmark reform of EU telecoms rules before the end of November.

The holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers circulated a draft proposal on Friday (14 November), to be discussed in a working party meeting of member states today (20 November) and by ambassadors from the member states tomorrow (21 November).

They want telecoms ministers meeting in Brussels on 27 November to agree a general approach, which would pave the way for negotiations with MEPs. Italy’s latest proposal envisages new EU rules on net neutrality, roaming and spectrum.

It excludes provisions that were in the Commission’s original proposal, from 2013, to centralise authority over national telecoms regulators and to create a single EU authorisation for telecoms companies.

One member state official described the Italian proposal as “completely new”. He added that any agreement would require considerable political impetus.

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Source: European Voice

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