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Belgium fined €5,000 a day for failing to implement high-speed internet law

10:44 09/07/2019

Belgium has been ordered to pay a fine of €5,000 a day for failing to implement a European directive on the rollout of high-speed internet.

The European Commission began legal action against Belgium two years ago, because the 2014 EU directive had not been transposed into Belgian law.

The Commission had initially claimed a €54,000 daily fine, but then opted to reduce the amount demanded.

The directive sets out a series of rules for the deployment of high-speed broadband, which aim to bring costs down for consumers.

It had to be transposed into national law by 1 January 2016 at the latest.

Written by The Bulletin



Belgium ignores lots of EU directives. Starting with those against price fixing. It's almost amusing to be living in "the capital of Europe" and not have high-speed internet available. Of course the Belgian market only has 3 nation-wide providers, two of whom (Proximus and Scarlet, taken over by Belgacom/Proximus) have the Belgian government as majority shareholder.

Jul 10, 2019 08:58


Jul 14, 2019 14:33