* Reforms to boost competition, beef consumer rights
* Lawmakers, gov'ts break deadlock over user's rights
By Bate Felix
BRUSSELS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers and the bloc's governments, clinched a deal early on Thursday over a stalled telecommunications reform package aimed at boosting competition, EU officials said.
A committee made of EU government representatives, members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, ironed out differences over the bill between the three EU bodies, paving the way for a final rubber stamp by the EU authorities.
EU lawmakers sent the reform package back in May due to concerns the proposed bill would not adequately protect the rights of Internet users.
"I am very happy that we have reached an agreement on the telecoms package," said Asa Torstensson, Communication Minister of Sweden, which holds the collective EU's Presidency.
"This agreement strengthens the competitiveness among enterprises and enhances the consumer protection in Europe, which will lead to ... better and less expensive broadband services and substantially stronger protection for all Internet users."
The proposed reform would beef up consumers' contractual rights and also create a pan-EU supervisory body to improve how the 27-nation bloc's telecoms rules are applied so no operator can be shielded from competition.
In May, The EU Parliament voted 407 in favour, 57 against and with 171 abstentions on an amendment to strengthen the rights of Internet users.
The lawmakers wanted to make it harder for the authorities to cut off Internet access for any subscriber suspected of breaches such as illegal downloading of copyright material.
The assembly and EU states have a joint say on the reform, which comprises several parts that were all adopted by broad majorities. But due to the amendment, the prior informal deal with EU states was reopened.
The deal reached by a so-called conciliatory committee on Thursday, allows the parliament and the council of EU telecoms ministers another eight weeks to pass the final text without making any amendments. (Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by Andre Grenon)