Answer given by Ms Kroes on behalf of the Commission
An independent regulator is a keystone in a liberalised market and the 2009 Regulatory Framework for electronic communications fully recognises it, by strengthening the general institutional safeguards for independence of national regulators in order to ensure an effective and consistent application of the regulatory framework and the predictability of its decisions. In addition to that, the Regulatory Framework also defines specific competences and powers that should be conferred to independent National Regulatory Authorities.
The Commission is fully committed to ensure that the general institutional safeguards as well as those concerning specific competences of the National Regulatory Authorities provided for in the EU Regulatory Framework are respected by Member States.
With regard to the Italian draft amendment on ancillary services to the provision of wholesale fixed access, the Commission is examining it and it has sent an administrative letter to the Italian authorities requesting certain clarifications. The Commission will continue to monitor the legislative process in Italy in order to ensure that any national legislation adopted in this area is drafted in a way which would not pre-empt the discretionary powers conferred to the regulator.