Friday, 21 October 2011

EU electronic communications market(s) at Digital Agenda start

I returned to the sources of the EU strategies for economic growth and the knowledge society in a number of blog posts published between 14 and 20 October 2011 (FI SV EN). Links are provided in the entry EU2020 and Digital Agenda roundup: innovative and competitive Europe?

Electronic communications market(s)

On 25 May 2010 the Commission published one of the cornerstones of the Europe 2020 strategy flagship initiative A Digital Agenda for Europe. This was a communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions about the state of the communications market(s) in Europe. At the time I noted the publication of the progress report and its findings of market fragmentation.

I added an entry about consumers facing roaming charges in real life, and another post about ambitious agendas and progress as proclaimed by the member states' governments.

COM(2010) 253 final/3

The communication exists in 22 official EU languages, but the version in force seems to be the third revision. We go to the English pdf version:

Annule et remplace le document COM(2010) 253 final du 25.5.2010
Concerne toutes les versions linguistiques


The 15th report made it clear from the start that European consumers and businesses were not served well in one functioning single digital market, but ripped off in 27 different electronic communications markets (page 2):

Consumers and businesses are still faced with 27 different markets and are thus not able to take advantage of the economic potential of a single market.

At least, the progress report did not leave the Digital Agenda people without useful employment during the EU2020 decade.

Among other things, the communication discussed the independence and resources of national regulatory authorities (NRAs), legislation and regulatory activities concerning the migration from copper cables to fibre, mobile termination rates, radio spectrum management and mobile satellite services, as well as charges faced by consumers.

The Commission concluded by promising certain actions (page 16):

In line with the Digital Agenda and the measures it outlines on spectrum, universal service, the regulatory treatment of NGAs and privacy, the Commission will also take a number of targeted measures:

(1) to address the divergences in regulatory approaches and the lack of timely and effective enforcement of remedies;

(2) to lay solid foundations for a correct and timely implementation of the revised regulatory framework and;

(3) to ensure an effectively functioning Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).


Telecoms networks and services are sorted under the Commission's Information Society web pages eCommunications. There the web page 15th Progress report on the single european electronic communications market - 2009 offers you access to the communication COM(2010) 253 in 22 EU languages, as well as to the two parts of the accompanying Commission staff working document SEC(2010) 630 final/2 with much more detail (English only), including the Country chapters (Annex 1 in Part 1 or separately).

Ralf Grahn