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One digi market to RULE 'em all: Get with the net neutrality plan, guys, moans EU digi-veep

The Register - Europe’s new digi chief has told telecoms ministers to get their act together and deliver strong net neutrality rules.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission veep for all things digital, said he had “no illusions” that this would be easy, adding: “I really hope that an agreement can be reached over the coming months. Otherwise, I fear that we may lose momentum.”


Ansip was frustrated that, despite discussing it for over a year, telecoms ministers still haven’t been able to agree a common position on the proposed Telecoms Package – a collection of EU laws aimed at creating a digital single market. Without that common position, they cannot enter the last phase of negotiations with the Commission and the European Parliament.

“I encourage EU ministers to intensify and complete the technical discussions so that these negotiations can start as soon as possible,” said Ansip.

The digital veep identified spectrum, net neutrality rules and roaming as the biggest issues. Many member states are keen to water down net neutrality rules, but Ansip says the principle of net neutrality must be enshrined in EU law.