|How to Overcome Regulatory Fragmentation for European Telecoms?|
17 April 2013, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30
Despite being at the core of the Commission's smart growth plan, the telecommunications sector in Europe still suffers fragmentation between national borders. While the crisis is favouring a more open attitude on the industry side, it is also encouraging national mergers in order to confront declining revenues and depleting resources for ambitious infrastructural integration. Is it time for a single regulator, or would cooperation between national authorities be enough to supervise cross-border takeovers? Would the pooling of the debt associated to next-generation fibre line access be a key factor for investment? How to overcome objections from national regulators?
A Citizen’s Controversy with Andrea Renda, Professor of Economic Analysis of Law, LUISS University, and Marc Lebourges, Head of France Telecom's EU Regulatory Affairs.
The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.
The debate was held in English.