MEP Schaake reacts to preliminary deal on Telecoms Single Market

Late last night, after long negotiations, a preliminary deal on the Telecoms Single Market was reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The Latvian Presidency still has to get the official approval from the Council and technical details still have to be worked out. Dutch Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) is disappointed that the demands of the Parliament have been watered down on several points. It is also unclear how the agreement will be enforced in practice. Roaming charges will not be abolished directly, but only in 2017. There is uncertainty about the precise definition of net neutrality. Schaake responds: "Despite the remaining problems, consumers will benefit. Blocking access to sites by Telecom and Internet providers will no longer be possible in the EU. Specialized services which need a faster connection will only be treated differently when it is absolutely necessary, and as long as there is fair competition. " "During the negotiations all sides have had to compromise. The challenge now, is to work on a more ambitious digital market in Europe. So that all barriers can be removed and Europe gets a smart, competitive environment for the digital economy and the open internet."
Please find the provisional text here. See also: 30-06-2015 Media (BBC World Service) – Roaming and netneutrality 26-03-2015 MEP: The European Digital Single Market is a pipe dream without a strong Telecom Market 04-03-2015 MEP: Council must adopt a more ambitious plan on Telecoms Single Market 03-04-2014 MEP: European Parliament supports proposal Schaake to enshrine net neutrality in European law On the Mobile