Liberals move to support EU Telecoms Package 'compromise'

In Telecoms Europe

By Annie Turner 

May 4, 2009 

Monica Horten, veteran telecom journalist, Brussels watcher and PhD student in the political battle for online content in the EU, comments, “The signature represents a turn-around on his part and raises questions about the level of pressure being placed on the European Parliament to agree to the "compromise" which industry and the Council are demanding. German MEP Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) has equally inexplicably signed the "compromise". Mr Alvaro is on the Parliament's Civil Liberties committee and is well-regarded by the user community.”

Horten adds, “The vote has been postponed to Wednesday – I heard the Socialists asked for a postponement, but the reason is not clear. The debate will still be on Tuesday as scheduled, but in my experience, debates in the European Parliament don't count for much, but this will be tense.”