The Regulation of Telecommunications in the Czech Republic

24 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2003


Since the fundamental upheaval of the political, social, and economic climate of the Czech Republic in 1989 successive governments have striven hard to develop a functioning market economy in which investors, both domestic and foreign, enjoy sufficient stability and legal certainty in which to thrive. The rapid development of the telecommunications sector was to act as a catalyst for the general improvement of the entire national economy, whilst at the same time helping the country to meet its policy goal of creating the conditions precedent to its successful integration into the European Union. The purpose of this article is to trace the progress of the Czech telecommunications market to date and to assess the regulatory framework adopted by the Czech government in light of its stated policy goals. After giving a brief history of the development of the market and the corresponding development of a regulatory regime this article shall turn to examine the current legal position after the adoption of the recent Law on which came into force on 1 July 2000. As well as suggesting necessary modifications and amendments due to certain flaws or omissions in the Act, modifications arising from the adoption by the EU of its new regulatory framework for communications shall also be suggested.

Suggested Citation

Skudder, Andrew, The Regulation of Telecommunications in the Czech Republic. European Law Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 341-364, July 2003. Available at SSRN:

Andrew Skudder (Contact Author)

Leiden University

2333 CA Leiden

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