• Commission Decision of 16 October 2007 on the compatibility with Community law of measures taken by the United Kingdom pursuant to Article 3a(1) of Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities (OJ L 295 14 November 2007, p. 12)
  • On November 13, 2007, the European Commission adopted proposals for a reform of the EU telecoms rules. The European Commission proposes strengthening consumer rights; giving consumers more choice by reinforcing competition between telecoms operators; promoting investment into new communication infrastructures, in particular by freeing radio spectrum for wireless broadband services; and making communication networks more reliable and more secure, especially in case of viruses and other cyber-attacks. A new European Telecom Market Authority would support the Commission and national telecoms regulators in ensuring that market rules and consumer regulation are applied consistently, independently and without protectionism in all 27 EU Member States. The EU’s largest telecommunications groups have criticized these proposals which would toughen regulators’ power over the industry (RAPID, November 14, 2007; FT, November 14, 2007, p. 2; WSJE, November 14, 2007, p. 32; Europolitics, November 14, 2007, p. 1, 4) 
  • As part of its package of telecom reform proposals presented on November 13, 2007, the European Commission has reduced by 50% the list of 18 markets where ex-ante regulation by national telecom regulators could be justified, in an attempt to relieve the regulatory burden on industry and the regulators (RAPID, November 14, 2007) 
  • Dutch copying and removable data hardware company Imation Europe has lodged a complaint against the Dutch government over the system applied to private copying in the Netherlands which it alleges would be “incompatible” with EU directive 2001/29/EC on copyright in the information society and which would not respect the principle of free movement of goods in the EU (Europolitics, November 14, 2007, p. 5)