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Political Memory: Liam AYLWARD, MEP

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General Data

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Functions in European Parliament

Curriculum Vitae

  • Diploma in Building and Construction (1972)
  • Laboratory technician
  • Member of Kilkenny County Council (1974-2002): at various times served on the Health Committee, Education Committee and Planning Committee
  • Chairman, South-Eastern Health Board (1987-1988)
  • Chairman, Vocational Education Authority (1997-2002)
  • Member of Dáil Éireann (1977-): at various times member of the Health Committee, Public Accounts Committee, Sport and Tourism Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee and Public Enterprise and Transport Committee
  • Minister of State, Department of Energy (1988-1989)
  • Minister for Forestry (1992-1994)
  • Minister for Sport and Youth
  • Minister of State, Department of Education, Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (2002-2004)





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25/05/2010 Written Declaration 12/2010 (ACTA)

Has signed written declaration 12/2010 on the lack of a transparent process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and potentially objectionable content.

10/07/2008 Reply to campaign concerning vote on IMCO & ITRE of Telecoms package

Thank you for your email of 3rd July 2008, concerning the Telecoms Package. As you know, this package was discussed in the meeting of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) on the evening of 7th July in Strasbourg. Although I am not a member of the ITRE Committee, I, and many of my colleagues here in the European Parliament, find it important to stay up-to-date on such issues that will be voted upon in the next plenary session in September.

It has been divided into the following areas:

1. Citizens' rights directive

This covers service provision and user rights. The rapporteur for the Internal Market Committee is Malcolm Harbour (EPP-ED, UK). The aim of this review of existing rules on access to networks and services and other rights of users of universal services is to strengthen and improve the rights of consumers who use electronic communications (fixed and mobile telephony, voice over internet, internet). The main issues that are dealt with in this report are:

* More information on privacy - by which operators would have to keep their subscribers informed of any possible restrictions on access, use or distribution of content, services and lawful applications. It would be up to national authorities to deal with any infringements, including breaches of intellectual property rights. In addition, any gathering of data from a computer would require the prior consent of the user.

* More transparent and comparable tariffs, making it easier to switch operators - operators should provide users with transparent, comparable, appropriate and up-to-date information on prices and tariffs, charges for terminating a contract and general terms and conditions, with the aim of enable users to independently assess the cost of switching operators. This would also avoid the monopoly position of most operators.

* Making life easier for elderly and handicapped people, extending access to the emergency number - MEPs feel that, although now it is possible to call the 112 emergency number from anywhere in the EU, this number should be accessible regardless of the type of electronic communication used. Equally, the emergency services should have the technical means to locate the caller. All facilities should be entirely accessible to elderly and handicapped people.

* Availability of services and content - the application of "network neutrality" would enhance service quality by preventing discrimination to do with the use and distribution of internet content, applications or services.

2. Electronic communications: common regulatory framework directive

This covers future electronic communication networks, which will transport all types of information and services. The rapporteur is Catherine Trautmann (PSE, FR). She told the Committee that her report sees the package facilitating the development of access for all Europeans to the information society. She sees "no opposition between the interest of consumers and companies as competition in the market would be economically and socially beneficial."

MEPs stated that measures requiring that a service be supplied in a specific frequency band would have to be justified by reference to general interest aims such as ensuring safety of life, promoting social, regional or territorial cohesion, avoiding inefficient use of radio frequencies, or promoting cultural and media aims such as cultural and linguistic diversity and media pluralism.

3. Creation of the European Electronic Communications Market Authority (EECMA)

The Parliament's rapporteur is Pilar del Castillo (EPP-ED, ES). On the more general need for reform, she said "There are still bottlenecks in the way of our creation of an integrated market place. There still exist cross-border issues and disparities between Member States as regards to broadband access, digitalisation and services. These need to be resolved".

As an alternative to the Commission's plan for a European Electronic Communications Market Authority (EECMA), she suggests an independent advisory Body of European Regulators in Telecoms (BERT). "The objective of BERT is to develop in a flexible, efficient and non-bureaucratic way prime conditions for the telecom market so that the latter may operate solely under general competition law...let's not create a cumbersome body which lobbies for its own existence."

MEPs propose a new "co-regulation" procedure which would require national regulatory authorities to consult the Commission and BERT before taking regulatory decisions. This would prevent national authorities from making any inappropriate or ineffective decisions.

4. Repeal of the GSM Directive

The rapporteur is Francisca Pleguezuelos (PSE, ES). The objective is to allow a larger choice of services and technologies and thereby to maximise competition in the use of the bands so far covered by the GSM Directive, while ensuring that services remain coordinated and protecting the continued operation of GSM (Global System for Mobile communications).

This is the current information that we in the European Parliament have on the Telecoms Package. I realise that you received most of your material from this website (, but I hope that this email provides you with a balanced outlook on this topic.

Thank you for drawing my attention to this issue. I am sure that you will be interested in the results of the plenary voting in September.