In a recent political discussion about the optimal division of power and competence between national and European regulatory bodies for telecommunication markets, the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council fundamentally disagreed about the necessity and most suitable arrangement (if any) for a newly established regulatory body. In the end, a body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) resulted as a compromise. This paper initially describes the decision making process from which BEREC resulted and subsequently critically assesses the expected contribution of BEREC to the innovativeness of the internal telecommunication markets by confronting BEREC with innovation theory and general principles for effective market authority. One result of this analysis is that a more centralized model of market authority (as initially considered by the Commission) might contribute more to the innovative potential of the internal telecommunication markets than BEREC is expected to.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Nov 2009|
|Event||2nd Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, CRNI 2009 - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium|
Duration: 20 Nov 2009 → 20 Nov 2009
Conference number: 2
|Conference||2nd Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, CRNI 2009|
|Period||20/11/09 → 20/11/09|