Dutch Senate passes bill on government control of telecom ownership

21 May 2020

The Senate, the upper house (Eerste Kamer) of the Netherlands’ parliament, has passed without vote a bill amending telecoms legislation to allow the government to block ‘undesirable’ investors from acquiring stakes in Dutch operators. The Senate website notes that the bill was passed on 19 May as a ‘hamerstuk’ (‘hammer document’) which does not require further debate or voting. The lower House of Representatives had unanimously adopted the bill – ‘Undesirable Controls Telecommunications Act, 35153’ – on 7 May. The amendments will enter into force via Royal Decree, giving powers to the Ministry of Economic Affairs to actively monitor and intervene in ownership relationships in the telecoms sector.

Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy (MEACP)