From Telecommunications Regulation

A.1 Existing and historic directives

European Union directives on telecommunications regulation have the harmonisation of regulation among the member states as an objective. This is an additional purpose to that of regulation in general, and is aimed towards the creation of a single European market. European directives thus specify the type of regulation that should or should not be enacted in member states, and contain much in the way of administrative provisions. They do not reproduce precisely the content of national laws and regulatory rules, although they have a very large influence upon them.

The basic European approach to telecommunications regulation was established in 1990 with the following directives.

  • Commission Directive 88/301/EEC of May 16, 1988 on competition in the markets in telecommunications terminal equipment.

  • Council Directive 90/387/EEC of June 28, 1990 on the establishment of the internal market for telecommunications services through the implementation of open network provision.

  • Commission Directive 90/388/EEC of June 28, 1990 on competition in the markets for telecommunications services.

These were subject to elaboration and development in various later directives, such as these.

  • Council Directive 92/44/EEC of June 5, 1992 on the application of open network provision to leased lines.

  • Commission Directive 94/46/EC of 13 October, 1994 amending Directive 88/301/EEC and Directive 90/388/EEC in particular with regard to satellite communications.

  • Commission Directive 94/796/EC of November 18, 1994 on a common technical regulation for the pan-European integrated services digital network (ISDN) primary rate access.

  • Council Directive 95/62/EEC of December 13, 1995 on the application of open...

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