The Three Criteria Test: A Critical Assessment
20 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2008
Date Written: December 1, 2008
The three criteria test to define new relevant markets is widely considered to contribute to the development of the EU electronic communications regulation. However, the application of this test has not been fully explored. This paper first examines the application the three criteria test based on the European Commission's Recommendation on relevant markets, the European Regulators Group's Report on Guidance on the application of the three criteria test and the European Commission's decisions under Article 7 of the Framework Directive. Then, it reveals two negative consequences caused by the legal uncertainties related to the three criteria test: (1) the first and the second criteria can be easily evaded by national regulatory authorities and (2) the third criterion cannot be analysed on a case-by-case basis. In order to make the three criteria functional, it finally suggests several proposals.
Keywords: The Three Criteria Test, Significant Market Power, Electronic Communications Regulation
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