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Tomorrow, the European Commission will finally release its long-awaited draft proposal for a Regulation to complete the European single market for electronic communications. After promising the European Parliament strong measures in favour of net neutrality during her nomination hearing in 2010, she is now seeking to ensure its destruction.
Fundamental rights are at risk from the draft Regulation on the "completion of the European single market for electronic communications" that may be finally approved by the European Commission this lunchtime. This is made clear from a leaked internal document (pdf) of the European Commission.
There is huge opposition in the European Commission to the assault on net neutrality, with opposition both from within Kroes' own services and from across the Commission. In the past days, the draft Regulation was the subject of extensive and heated debates in internal meetings.
Unsurprisingly, two services of the European Commission are leading the attacks on the current draft:
Civil society groups European Digital Rights (EDRi) and the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE) have demanded an end to lawless spying on individuals around the globe. At a meeting with the Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee today, the two groups handed over a document (pdf) containing detailed analysis of the current European and US legal frameworks. The document will be submitted to all relevant policy-making and governmental bodies.
In light of recent revelations, which have profoundly undermined trust in online communications tools, there is an urgent need for transparency, predictability and proportionality.