By Massimiliano Mostardini


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The Italian Ministry of Communications expects to issue regulations which implement the new EU rules in the second half of August. A draft is currently before Parliament.

If Italy succeeds in introducing implementing measures within the next 4 weeks, questions of direct effect are unlikely to arise. However, should implementation take longer than expected, it may be necessary to consider how the doctrine of 'direct effect' might apply in Italy.

The situation in France may be instructive.