The EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications
In July 2000 the Commission published a package of proposals for a new Regulatory Framework for electronic communications, which it sought to have in place across the EU from July 2003. Directive 2002/21/EC entered into force on April 24, 2002 and the deadline for introducing the Directive in member states was set for July 24, 2003, with the following main components:
- Proposal for a directive on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services
- Proposal for a directive on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services
- Proposal for a directive on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities
- Proposal for a directive concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector
- Proposal for a directive on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services
- Proposal for a regulation on unbundled access to the local loop
- Proposal for a decision on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy in the European Community
On December 18, 2009, new measures for EU telecoms regulation came into force. These measures represented a major overhaul of Directive 2002/21 and covers areas such as competition, consumer rights and security within the EU and paved the way for the setting up of a new regulatory body. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has replaced the European Regulators Group (ERG) and held its first meeting in January, 2010.
BEREC consists of a Board composed of the heads of the 27 National Regulatory Authorities and is assisted by an Office. The Office is a Community Body managed by a Management Committee in which all NRAs and the Commission are represented.