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Since 2002 and under the telecommunications laws, the European Commission has opened proceedings against 95 cases of non-compliance with rules to the 27 Member States, including Bulgaria and Romania. Legal proceedings are based on Article 226 of the Treaty, which provides for the Community executive to refer the matter to the Court of Justice whenever it considers that a Member State has failed to fulfill its obligations, nor has it provided justifications for doing so.

According to a report by the European executive, most of the cases are already closed, but 10 are still pending before the Brussels court. Portugal is also on the list of States that have been subject to lawsuits.

With the entry into a new year, the Commission publishes on its page the different points on which it acts in its legal procedures. To this end, it is based on eight principles that regulators and players in the telecommunications markets of the 27 states they have to ensure and on which they can act in case of non-compliance with them.

One of the basic principles imposed by the EC is that members ensure that any regulator is independent of the operators operating in the markets. In particular, members who have shareholding in telecommunications operators, they must separate regulatory activities from state ownership, controlling the tasks to ensure impartiality in the sector. Failure to comply with this principle has led Poland to the Court of Justice and the opening of proceedings against Luxembourg and Slovakia, the latter of which has already been closed.

Poland received yet another complaint for not providing justifications for non-compliance with the second principle, the one that addresses regulation for the broadband market, where the objective is to maintain healthy competition between operators.

The name of Portugal appears associated with two of the principles imposed by the EC, namely with regard to the designation of the universal service provider – since the Portuguese authorities announced that they would initiate a process in this field and, to date, no action has been launched. public consultation. Also in the analysis of the markets, the finger of the regulator is pointed. The delay in delivering the data meant that Portugal ended up receiving a notification from Brussels.

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