European telecommunications regulators fight for independence

Being one of the national telecommunications regulators in Europe is not an easy job, largely because the governments they work for still own significant stakes in powerful former state phone monopolies. That can make it easy to get caught up in politics reports the International Herald Tribune.Consider Dan Cristian Georgescu, the former telecommunications regulator for Romania, who was fired by the Romanian prime minister, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, in August.At the time, the prime minister cited unspecified improprieties involving staffing in Georgescu’s agency to justify his removal. Georgescu said the charges were fabricated and on Sept. 18, an appeals court in Bucharest agreed and ordered Georgescu back to work.To read this International Herald Tribune article in full, see

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