And Martin Daubney urged other nations to follow Britain’s example – by quitting the bloc altogether. Mr Daubney, the former editor of Loaded magazine, as well as the Chief Presenter/Editorial Director with new media channel Unlocked_UK, was speaking after the European Commission opened infringement procedures against all but three of the countries, representing 94 percent of the EU’s total population – for failing to enact new rules under the European Electronic Communications Code.
Just Greece, Hungary, and Finland have notified the Commission they will be adopting all necessary measures for transposing the Directive – although ironically, the UK, despite no longer being in the bloc, is also compliant.
Mr Daubney told Express.co.uk: “Telecom laws are classic tools of EU control: they offer help, but actually create dependency.
“They then become impossible to untangle from domestic law in the event of a member state leaving.
“They are the legal equivalent of Japanese knotweed: once Brussels has tangled its way into a land, it becomes near impossible to dig out – and that’s the way the EU likes it.
“More than that, your friends don’t take you to court: your enemies do. Today, the EU has told 24 of its 27 member states that it considers them an enemy.
“One can only hope that our European friends wake up to these Brussels bullies – and give them the boot, just like we did at Brexit.”
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The legal action was highlighted by the pro-Brexit think tank Facts4EU.org yesterday.
Spokesman Leigh Evans told Express.co.uk: “Just when the EU Commission is under attack from all sides for its disastrous vaccination programme, and when its President’s job is under threat after her temporary closure of the Northern Ireland border last Friday, it goes to war with 24 of its 27 member countries by taking legal action against them. Quite extraordinary.
“The peoples of EU countries are united in wanting to protect their populations and getting back to normal life as quickly as possible.
“Across Europe there’s huge concern at the EU’s woeful performance on vaccinations, compared to the UK’s stellar results.
“Meanwhile it seems the EU Commission has been more interested in pursuing legal action against its own members for not implementing a telecoms regulation.
“You really couldn’t make this stuff up. Thank goodness we left when we did.”
A statement issued on the EU’s website on Thursday confirmed: “Today, the Commission opened infringement procedures against 24 Member States for failing to enact new EU telecom rules.
“The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers’ choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of services, and competitive markets.
“The Code also ensures higher standards of communication services, including more efficient and accessible emergency communications.
“Furthermore, it allows operators to benefit from rules incentivising investments in very-high capacity networks, as well as from enhanced regulatory predictability, leading to more innovative digital services and infrastructures.”
Letters of formal notice have been sent to Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Sweden, requesting them to adopt and notify the relevant measures.
The Member States have two months to reply.