According to its establishing Regulation (the BEREC Regulation), BEREC carries out its tasks independently, impartially and transparently.
BEREC has the following regulatory tasks:
- to assist and advise the NRAs, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to cooperate with the NRAs and the Commission, upon request or on its own initiative, on any technical matter regarding electronic communications within its competence;
- to assist and advise the Commission, upon request, in relation to the preparation of legislative proposals in the field of electronic communications, including on any proposed amendment of the BEREC Regulation or of the European Electronic Communication Code (EECC);
- to issue opinions, as referred to in the Roaming Regulation and in the EECC:
- to issue guidelines on the implementation of the Union regulatory framework for electronic communications, in particular, as referred to in the Roaming Regulation, in the Telecoms Single Market Regulation and in the EECC;
- to issue other guidelines ensuring the consistent implementation of the regulatory framework for electronic communications and consistent regulatory decisions by the NRAs, either on its own initiative or upon the request of an NRA, the European Parliament, the Council or the Commission, in particular for regulatory issues affecting a significant number of Member States or with a cross-border element;
- where relevant, to participate in the Peer Review Forum for draft measures on selection procedures, in accordance with Article 35 of the EECC;
- to participate on issues concerning its competence relating to market regulation and competition related to radio spectrum, in accordance with Article 4 of the EECC;
- to conduct analyses of potential transnational markets, in accordance with Article 65 of the EECC, and to conduct analyses of transnational end-user demand, in accordance with Article 66 of the EECC;
- to monitor and collect information and, where relevant, make up-to-date information publicly available on the application of the Roaming Regulation;
- to report on technical matters within its competence;
- to issue recommendations and common positions, and disseminate regulatory best practices addressed to the NRAs in order to encourage the consistent and better implementation of the regulatory framework for electronic communications;
- in accordance with the EECC, to establish and maintain a database of:
- the notifications transmitted to the competent authorities by undertakings subject to general authorisation;
- the numbering resources with a right of extraterritorial use within the Union;
- where relevant, E.164 numbers of Member State emergency services;
- to evaluate the needs for regulatory innovation and coordinate actions between NRAs to enable the development of new innovative electronic communications;
- to promote the modernisation, coordination and standardisation of the collection of data by NRAs, such data being made available to the public in an open, reusable and machine-readable format on the BEREC website and the European data portal, without prejudice to intellectual property rights, personal data protection rules and the required level of confidentiality;
- to carry out other tasks assigned to it by legal acts of the Union, in particular by the Roaming Regulation, Telecoms Single Market Regulation and the EECC.
In addition to its establishing Regulation, BEREC fulfils its tasks in compliance with:
- the EECC (Directive (EU) 2018/1972)
- the Roaming Regulation (Regulation EC 531/2012) and
- the Telecoms Single Market Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2120).
Other important documents that form the legal framework for the work of both the NRAs and BEREC include the Recommendation on Relevant Markets (Recommendation 2014/710/EU), the Recommendation on Termination Rates (Recommendation 2009/396/EC), the NGA Recommendation (Recommendation 2010/572/EU), the Recommendation on consistent non-discrimination obligations and costing methodologies (Recommendation 2013/466/EU), among others.
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