EU Commissioner Reding: sixteen markets ‘uncompetitive’

9 Feb 2006

According to Dow Jones, 16 out of the 25 European Union member states are lacking sufficient competition, while the remaining nine failed to respond to the EU’s inquiries before the 30 September 2005 deadline. From a total of 152 markets for electronic communications, faxes, internet, cable and satellite, the Commission insists that only 19 are fully competitive, with ten ‘partially’ competitive and 123 uncompetitive. In her reprimand, the EU’s IT commissioner, Viviane Reding, emphasised the need for the bloc to have a uniform market for electronic communications, so that companies would have confidence that the same rules applied across member states.