07 March 2009

EU - New telecom rules face delay after talks break down

(IDG News Service)
Prospects for a quick conclusion to talks about a change in Europe's telecom rules were dashed with blame for the stalled negotiations leveled at the Czech government by, among others, the author of the reforms, Commissioner Viviane Reding. The Czech Republic holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union. In a meeting with the European Commission and the European Parliament it held out against an agreement, even though a majority of the 27 countries it was negotiating on behalf of were ready to sign a compromise. At a lunch debate Thursday, Reding described the Czech government's failure to secure an agreement as "catastrophic."