Traditionally, telecommunications, media and information technology were operated on different networks, used different "platforms" and fell under quite different legal regimes. The economic and technical convergence of electronic communications poses serious challenges to EU lawmakers.
In a first step, the Commission on 3 December 1997 presented a 'Green Paper on the Convergence of the Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology Sectors, and the Implications for Regulation. Towards an Information Society Approach'. In 1999 the results of the Green Paper were presented. Its input was taken into account for the new telecoms regulatory framework, due to enter into force in the Member States in July 2003.