Minister Lindén disappointed with the decision on the telecoms reform

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 7.5.2009 16.11
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Ms Suvi Lindén, Finland's Minister of Communications, is disappointed with the result of the so-called telecoms reform package in the European Parliament. At a vote on 6 May the Parliament rejected the package that had been prepared for a long time.

"As a result of the vote the matter will be submitted to the conciliation procedure, and the final result remains to be seen. This is unfortunate, because the package includes several reforms aiming to improve the user's position", she says.

In the final stages of the negotiations the issue of limiting the fundamental rights of the users became problematic.

The European Parliament wanted to phrase the Directive so that limitations to users' fundamental rights would only be possible by a prior decision of a court of law. Apparently the result of the vote is based on a national legislative project pending in France about copyright protection.