Four day before Christmas, the government decided to cease all activities at the National Telecom Regulation Agency (ANRC) and close the institution for good. ANRC is in the middle of two scandals: the postponing of the interconnection fees decrease at mobile telephony operators and the trial won by the former president, Ion Smeeianu, who proved that his mandate was abusively revoked.
The first problem is widely seen as coming in favor of the two major players on the market - Orange and Vodafone. Other mobile operators prepare to sue the decision to postpone the interconnection fees decrease, while consumers are also upset.
The second problem: Ion Smeeianu, revoked by PM Tariceanu, won his case in court and was due to return in his seat this month. By closing the entire institution, he has nowhere to return to.
The cabinet invokes community aquis and European alignment in order to support its actions.