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25 July 2003

Sally Trebble




On 25th July 2003, all EU Member States are required to give effect to the following EU Directives:

  • Council Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services of 7th March 2003 (the ‘Framework Directive’)
  • Council Directive 2002/20/EC on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services of 7th March 2002 (the ‘Authorisation Directive’ which replaces the Licensing Directive 97/13)
  • Council Directive 2002/19/EC on access to and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities of 7th March 2002 (the ‘Access Directive’ which replaces the Interconnection Directive 97/33)
  • Council Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, of 7th March 2002 (the ‘Universal Service Directive’ which broadly replaces the Voice Telephony Directive 95/62 and the Revised Voice Telephony Directive 98/10).

Also coming into effect today is Commission Directive 2002/77/EC on competition in the markets for electronic communications networks and services, of 16th September 2002 (the ‘Competition Directive’ which broadly replaces the Services Directive 90/388).

A fifth Council Directive, on privacy and data protection in the electronic communications sector must be implemented by the end of October 2003.