European Commission takes Luxembourg to court

17 Oct 2014

The European Commission (EC) has taken Luxembourg to court with claims that the country’s regulator, the Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation, has broken European Union (EU) rules and failed to conduct recent analysis of the telecommunications’ market. Three-yearly reviews of the wholesale and retail sectors are meant to be carried out by national regulators in countries across the EU in order to ensure competition is fair and regulations in place are up-to-date. However, Reuters reports that the EC says that the last analysis in Luxembourg took place in 2007. The Commission is cited as saying: ‘Given the significant delays, it is imperative to urge swift completion of the analysis to determine whether these obligations are still justified in view of how competition in the market has developed since.’

Leased lines in Luxembourg are due to be reviewed in November 2014 but dates for analysis of fixed access and market competition are yet to be established.