Slovenian regulator denounces government merger plans

Slovenian regulator denounces government merger plans

Slovenia’s telecoms regulator AKOS has slammed the government’s sudden decision to fold the organisation into a larger watchdog.

Under the plan, AKOS (Agency for Communications Networks & Services/Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve) will be combined with the Agency for Financial Markets into a new regulator called the Public Agency for Market and Consumers.

In a statement, AKOS noted its chagrin at being granted a single day to respond to the announcement and also argued that consolidating regulators for different sectors would “slow down the performance of statutory tasks and responsiveness to market conditions.”

The regulator complained that despite having the fourth lowest number of employees for any regulatory body in Europe, it has one of the widest remits, with TeleGeography noting that AKOS is responsible for electronic communications, radiocommunications, post, electronic media and railways.

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