27th March 2017
Impact analysis and next steps MEPs can submit amendments until 4 April, which will be followed by a vote in ITRE on 11 May. A vote in the European Parliament plenary is scheduled for 11 July. In parallel, the Council aims to agree on a common position by October this year, after which trilogue negotiations will start.
Stakeholder reactions to Ms del Castillo's report have been mixed. The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) has welcomed it, especially the removal of provisions that would require disclosure of deployment strategies of network operators. The European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO) support some aspects of the report, including provisions around spectrum reform, but want more safeguards around technology neutrality and investment incentives. French non-profit La Quadrature du Net has condemned the report, claiming it bows to corporate interests and not addressing the need to dismantle incumbent monopolies.
The Grayling View The proposed reform of the Code is huge, complex and controversial. There are several competing interests at stake, and not only do companies need the technical and legal knowledge to understand the proposed changes, they also need to consider what is politically tenable in Parliament and Council. In the immediate term, it will be essential to engage with the Shadow Rapporteurs regarding amendments to Ms Castillo's report. Following this, it will be time to engage Council, particularly where companies have a strong home-base presence.
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