[A2k] EU Telecom Package: courage over details

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Tue Jul 11 02:31:20 PDT 2017


 
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Press Release 

TAGS : EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION CODE, TELECOMS PACKAGE, OPTIC
FIBER, DECENTRALISATION, PILAR DEL CASTILLO 

La Quadrature du Net -- For immediate release 

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EU TELECOM PACKAGE: COURAGE OVER DETAILS

Paris, 11 July 2017 - THE LAST DISCUSSIONS ON THE DRAFT ON THE EUROPEAN
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE [2] (EECC) BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK WILL TAKE
PLACE TODAY AND WE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR VERY FEW CHANGES BEFORE THE VOTE ON 11
SEPTEMBER. THE CURRENT TREND IS CATASTROPHIC: PILAR DEL CASTILLO, THE MAIN
RAPPORTEUR KNOWN FOR HER TIES WITH LARGE TELCOS, IS LEADING TO A WORLD OF
MONOPOLIES WERE VERY FEW TELCOS (3 OR 4, SHE MAY HOPE!) WOULD SHARE THE
WHOLE EU MARKET ON OPTIC FIBER AND RADIO SPECTRUM. VERY FEW LATITUDE WILL
BE ALLOWED TO THE NATIONAL REGULATORY AUTHORITIES (NRAS) TO REGULATE THE
MARKET AND ENSURE THAT THE CORE VALUES ALSO PROMOTED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION
WILL BE PROTECTED. 

In September 2016, the European Commission launched the draft EECC, part of
the telecom package, which aims to consolidate and update the EU
legislation on telecommunications. The rapporteur Pilar del Castillo [3]
(EPP -ES), is almost successful in blocking the negotiations for securing
the oligopolistic status-quo on the optic fiber. What happened exactly? Her
report was completely focused on minimizing the regulation and maximazing
the profit. Despite reasonably positive amendments from the other political
groups such as S&D, ALDE and Greens, the "compromise amendments" are mostly
following the direction the rapporteur gave in her report [4]. Moreover,
Pilar del Castillo is taking advantage of the opacity of the negotiations
to keep the upper-hand: all the discussions for reaching agreements on
compromise amendments1 [5] are not public, the schedule of meetings is not
even published, the working documents are not published either and only a
very close contacts within the European Parliament (EP) allow the most
informed part of the public to have information and documents. During these
- very private - meetings, Pilar del Castillo speaks a lot and leaves very
few room for the other shadow rapporteurs2 [6] to express their views and
for a real negotiation. If needed, she is also well-known for negotiating
few minutes before a vote with the main opponent shadow to ensure that
there is no real opposition against her. In 2014, only a very strong
mobilisation of people and organisations all over Europe permitted to save
Net Neutrality. 

The next shadow meeting, gathering the rapporteur and the shadow
rapporteurs, will take place today. This will be the last shadow meeting
before the summer break and, more importantly, before the vote in ITRE
Committee that will take place on 11 September, just after the summer
break. The draft Code is a very technical text and Members of European
Parliaments (MEPs) cannot improvise themselves experts within few months.
Although this is important to update the current legislation, MEPs should
thus focus on enforcing strong principles rather than getting lost with
technical details which distract them from the core political issues at
stake. As representatives of the EU citizens, they also have this
responsibility of enshrining solid foundations. It is time to promote
values (read our analysis [2] already published) and not dwell on small
adjustments that would only limit the damages. 

Regulation is not an option nor a limitation to investment and innovation.
It is the only way to limit the power of monopolistic telcos. As a response
to the telcos arguing that they cannot achieve their political objectives
with regulation, Sebastien Soriano (head of ARCEP, the French NRA, and
chair of BEREC in 2017) declared [7] that "it's true that in the very short
term it could be a temptation to give power to big players because big
players may have more money in their pockets. So you may hope that with
giving some kind of carrot to these guys, they will invest more and fulfill
the political objective. But what we have experienced in Europe the last 20
years is that this is absolutely not the solution. Facts are talking." 

We, and MEPs as well, need to fight the perfidious attacks from the largest
EU telcos and their mole in the European Parliament: Pilar del Castillo.
There is no time to lose: shadow rapporteurs must act now! Some of the
groups have already tabled alternative compromise amendments to the
non-compromised proposals from the rapporteur, but still face a real
opposition. Until now, it seems that the S&D shadow rapporteur, Miapetra
Kumpula-Natri, is strongly standing her ground against the main rapporteur,
supported by the ALDE shadow Kaja Kallas, on issues such as "active and
passive access" or "joint dominance" 3 [8]. Unfortunately, this does not
seem to make Pilar del Castillo step back to reach a real and sustainable
compromise. 

LA QUADRATURE DU NET ASKS THE SHADOWS TO KEEP MOVING TOWARDS A CODE THAT
WOULD RESPECT THE VALUES AND TRENDS THAT HAVE BEEN THE CORE OF THE EU
POLICIES SO FAR, PREVENTING THE TELCOS FROM EXTENDING INDEFINITIVELY THEIR
POWER AND OLIGOPOLISTIC POSITIONS, PROMOTING THE NETWORK AS A PART OF THE
COMMONS NECESSARY FOR THE GENERAL INTEREST AND FOR PROTECTING FUNDAMENTAL
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. THE BASE OF ANY LEGAL CODE IS THE VALUES THAT SHAPE
ITS CORE AND, THROUGH THAT, ITS FUTURE. THOSE CORE VALUES WERE RATHER WEAK
IN THE DRAFT EECC, IT NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED, NOT WEAKENED. IF THE EECC
HAS A WEAK AND A CRUMBLY BASE, EU TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET WILL BE
VULTURED BY THE MOST POWERFUL ACTORS BURRYING INNOVATION, OPENNESS,
COMPETITION AND LAST, CIVIL RIGHTS. 

ACT NOW, BY CALLING YOUR MEPS [9] THROUGH THE PIPHONE AND ASK THEM TO FORCE
PILAR DEL CASTILLO TO STEP BACK. 

 	* 1. [10] The compromise amendments reflect a very opaque and
undemocratic process where, through backroom deals, Members of the EU
Parliament (MEPs) try to shorten and simplify the vote by "mixing" their
different stances on the text according to the respective weight of
political groups.
 	* 2. [11] Once the rapporteur has been appointed as responsible for the
text within the European Parliament, each political group appoints a
"shadow rapporteur" who will be in charge of following the dossier for the
group.
 	* 3. [12] See factsheets [13] 4 and 5

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[1] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details
[2] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EECC-protect-Internet-decentralised-infrastructure
[3] https://memopol.lqdn.fr/representatives/pilar-del-castillo-vera-1952-07-31/votes/
[4] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/telecom-package-del-castillo-report
[5] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnote1_sb4kpyl
[6] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnote2_o2aaam5
[7] https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/interview/eu-telecoms-watchdog-we-are-independent-and-we-bother-powerful-people/
[8] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnote3_9bpym4s
[9] https://piphone.lqdn.fr/
[10] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnoteref1_sb4kpyl
[11] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnoteref2_o2aaam5
[12] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/EU_Telecom_Package_courage_over_details#footnoteref3_9bpym4s
[13] https://www.laquadrature.net/files/netCommons_EECC_notes_IMCO_ITRE.pdf
[14] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
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