Government wants to restrict Brussels

9 Jan 2006

The German government has asked its EU partners to curb Brussels’ powers in the area of telecoms regulation in a position paper to the European Commission (EC), the latest move in the ongoing row between Berlin and Brussels. Germany claims that Brussels is becoming too ‘heavy handed’ with its policies, and outlines the fact that the EU sees ‘the main goal of regulation as the abolition of market dominance’ as the main problem, arguing that temporary monopolies are vital for the development of telecoms markets. Last year Berlin angered Brussels by asking it to exclude very high data-rate digital subscriber lines (VDSL) from regulation in Germany.