Belgium hit with EUR5,000 daily fine for high speed broadband delay

9 Jul 2019

Belgium has been hit with a EUR5,000 (USD5,609) daily fine by the European Court of Justice for delays in deploying high speed broadband in Brussels, reports L’Echo. The decision comes two years after the EC sued Belgium for failing to transpose into national law a 2014 EU directive aimed at encouraging the development of broadband networks across the EU.

The minister-president of the Brussels regional government, Rudi Vervoot, had argued that his administration does not have the authority to adopt all provisions of Directive 2014/61/EU, particularly Article 4, paragraph 5. Belgium’s Federal Minister for Communications, Philippe De Backer, has said the Belgian Institute of Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) is examining the case and will determine as quickly as possible which level of government is responsible for transposing the directive, which should have been adopted by 1 January 2016.