Arcep slams EC’s ‘super regulator' plan

21 Feb 2008

France’s telecoms watchdog Arcep has said that European Commission plans to institute a new EU telecoms regulatory authority are unworkable, adding its voice to a growing number of attacks over the EU authorities’ attempts to restructure the sector. The EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding put forward plans for a new European Electronic Communications Market Authority in November 2007, with a remit to advise the EC on improving competition. One of several proposals currently under discussion, the so-called ‘super regulator’ idea, has been criticised by Arcep President Paul Champsaur, writing in French daily Les Echos. ‘European regulators believe the Commission’s proposals are badly conceived: the European Telecom Market Authority that she foresees creating won’t work,’ he said. ‘It would be burdensome and costly, cut off from markets, Champsaur added. The Arcep president believes a better plan would be to formalise the responsibilities of the existing European Regulators Group (ERG), an informal agency comprising a number national regulators, giving them sanction to make decisions on behalf of the sector, possibly by majority decision.

France, Arcep