According to reports, during a meeting earlier this month with cable suppliers in Brussels, Commissioner Kroes said that Dutch legislation aiming to open up the analogue cable network is unacceptable to Brussels(1). In view of these reports, I have the following questions:
Can the Commission confirm that Commissioner Kroes has warned that the European Commission will challenge Dutch legislation with regard to open access to cable?
Does the Commission endorse Commissioner Kroes’ assertion that the Netherlands may not open up the cable network by means of legislation?
Can the Commission explain why Member States are critical of this effort to create healthy competition in the cable network?
Does the Commission agree with the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) that it is completely legitimate for Dutch legislators to take action to bring about an open cable network? If not, why not?