Poland is being taken to the European Union’s top court for failing to ensure its telecoms watchdog is fully independent, writes Reuters citing a European Commission statement. The Polish government controls significant shareholdings in a number of telcos and has unlimited discretion to dismiss the head of the national telecoms regulator. ‘Independent regulators are the backbone of an efficient regulatory system and of fair regulation in the interests of competition and consumers,’ EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement. The European Court of Justice has powers to fine a country and force it to make national laws conform with EU regulations.
Reding also started legal action against Luxembourg, for the lack of independence of its telecoms watchdog. ‘Officials there are currently exercising both regulatory functions and management functions for an operator,’ the Commission said.
Meanwhile, the Commission closed a similar legal action against Slovakia after the Bratislavan government moved its shareholding in Slovak Telekom to another body.