EuroISPA Statement on Amendment 138 of Telecoms Package
October 20, 2009
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SHOULD MAINTAIN ITS DEFENCE OF CITIZENS’ FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
The European Association of Internet Service Providers (EuroISPA) urges the European Parliament to continue to support citizens’ Fundamental Rights.
EuroISPA strongly supports the principles laid down by the amendment 138 as adopted by the European Parliament in its second reading with an overwhelming majority. We believe that unrestricted access to the Internet is an integral part of Fundamental Freedoms, providing a secure business environment and protecting citizens’ civil liberties.
Any restriction of an individual to those rights should only be taken following a prior judicial ruling. Only a court can guarantee a proportionate, balanced decision, respectful of the Fundamental Rights of Information, Privacy and Communication.
Being a matter of Fundamental Rights for European citizens and businesses, it would be unwise to give Member States excessive scope regarding the application of the relevant rules. Otherwise, there is a considerable risk of varying and arbitrary implementation, the result of which would damage both citizens’ rights and the Single Market.
EuroISPA urges the European Parliament to fully respect the democratic mandate received from European citizens’ and defend the principles laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights on Freedom of Expression and Information and the European Convention for Human Rights.