EC legal action launched

30 Jan 2009

The European Commission (EC) has launched legal action against the Romanian government for infringing on the autonomy of ANRCTI, its telecoms regulatory authority. In 2008 the government removed the president of the regulator, Dan Georgescu, and then restructured and renamed the authority as the National Authority for Communications (ANC) in what the EC claims was ‘a serious violation of the regulator’s independence.’

In September 2008, the Bucharest Court of Appeal suspended the decision taken in August to replace Dan Georgescu and he should have been reinstalled in his position. However, the government circumvented the ruling by introducing emergency legislation restructuring and renaming the regulator and appointing a new president.