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Cable Europe has expressed its concern about the actions taken by Poland’s government concerning the regulations aimed at improving the collection of radio and television licence fees. In the opinion of the Association, proposed solutions may be incompatible with the EU law and have a negative impact on competition on the Polish market.
Cable Europe’s comments are prompted by the regulations pushed by the Polish legislature to include pay TV providers in the licence fee collection process. The proposed legislation obliges cable and satellite operators to transfer the personal data of their customers to a designated operator (Poczta Polska – Polish Post) so that the licence fees can be more easily collected. Cable Europe shares the basic concerns and doubts regarding the compliance of the government’s regulations with certain EU directives, expressed in a joint petition submitted to the European Commission by seven Polish telecommunication and media industry organisations. Cable Europe confirms that the amendment to the licence fee act:
According to Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe, regulatory changes raise concerns about the freedom of competition and the possible impact on the shape of the media services market in Poland: “As an industry organisation supporting competition in the media market, we will monitor the bill consultation process in the European Commission. We are also ready to support the Polish partners with our knowledge and experience in creating effective regulations that protect the rights of all stakeholders”.