Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Michael Moynihan TD, has welcomed the rejection of EU proposals on centralising telecommunications in Europe by the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications.
Deputy Moynihan commented: “It is a highly unusual move for an Oireachtas Committee to reject an EU proposal but it was the right decision.
“Having discussed and scrutinised the proposed legislation at the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communication this morning; it was clear to me that the proposals were badly thought out and would marginalise Ireland.
“The EU plans to centralise electronic communications in Europe even further. Being an island nation this would have ramifications for the country and further isolate Ireland.
“The proposal to centralise regulation of the telecommunications industry would place more power in the hands of a small number of states. It may mean that telecom operators in periphery states would be subject to regulations dictated from continental Europe. The bottom line is that Irish mobile phone users, already paying some of the highest charges in Europe, may see more price increases because telecommunication companies here may be forced to invest more than has already been agreed in national regulations.
“The proposals were published by the EU without consulting the major stakeholders in the telecommunications industry, which was also an issue of huge concern.
“The committee made the right decision in rejecting these proposals. It was clear that no thought was given or provision made for European countries not in mainland Europe. Proposed EU legislative proposals need to have ample time for discussion and scrutiny, this didn’t happen here, the EU were more concerned without rushing this legislation through.
“It is obvious that a lot more work will have to be done on these proposals by the EU to take account of the concerns of countries like Ireland before they can be implemented.”