Joint statement ahead of the informal meeting of EU Telecommunication Ministers

Ahead of the discussion on the future of telecommunications at the Informal Telecommunications Council on 23-24 October, the undersigned civil society, consumer protection and industry organisations wish to reaffirm their collective concern about the direction of ongoing discussions in the EU telecoms sector. In particular, we are concerned about any potential follow-up to continued calls by large telecom companies to reduce competition and introduce regulation imposing payment or negotiation obligations from content and application providers (CAPs) to telcos.